Day in history for November 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly had his right hand blown off when the town cannon accidently discharged during the celebration over Sen. Franklin Pierce's victory in the presidential election. Dr. Patrick Gregg amputated the arm.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A new survey of the Rock Island Railroad right-of-way in the vicinity of Geneseo is being made.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Union Mission, which operates a children's home (Bethany Home), conducted a rummage sale at the roller skating rink.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Nine persons were overcome by gas fumes while at work in a Davenport candy plant.

1952 -- 50 years ago
No matter how you slice it, 1952 without question is the winningest season in the history of prep football in Rock Island. With Rock Island High School wrapping up the season undefeated and untied, and Alleman's Catholic Pioneers finishing with a 7-win, 1-loss mark, the percentage adds up to .941. Congratulations of the highest rank are the order of the day for both top-notch outfits.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County will pay a ``horrendous'' amount of money to repair the latest chink in the armor of its ancient jail, Board Chairman Richard Aubry said today. The latest problem in the jail is a gaping hole in the floor under a third-story shower. The gap was opened Tuesday when maintenance workers attempted to re-patch the deteriorating floor.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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