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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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