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.

Back: Available days in November 2002



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






(More History)