Day in history for November 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
In the Second congressional district, consisting of the counties of Rock Island, Whiteside, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage and Cook, John Wentworth, Democrat, was elected to congress over Aldrich, Whig, 7,033 to 5,872.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The sawmills of Rock Island handled 25 million feet of lumber during the past season, it is estimated.

1902 -- 100 years ago
About half the members of the Rock Island city council left for Quincy today to inspect the water plant there.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Edward Johnson and Miss Mary Zwicker will represent Augustana College in the state oratorical contest.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Henry Rotthier, 1701 7th St., Rock Island, who is employed as a Santa Claus in a Quad-City department store, reported that he found all four tires on his car flat as he prepared to go to work this morning. Whoever did the mean trick probably didn't realize the car owner was Santa Claus.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rev. Ernest E. Ryden, a former Dispatch carrier, will receive the ``Gabriel Award'' for his production of ``The Holocaust'', a program describing the death of 6 million Jews in Nazi Germany during World War II, and presented over WJAR-TV, Providence, Rhode Island. Ryden was graduated from Augustana College in 1953 and returned to graduate from the Augustana Theological Seminary in 1959, after he served two years in the Navy.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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