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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