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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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