Day in history for November 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Second Baptist Church of Davenport will hold a fair at the LeClaire House Nov. 14 to which the ladies and gentlemen of Rock Island are invited. Proceeds will be used to help erect a church building.

1877 -- 125 years ago
William Jones, known as Canada Bill, who with his pal, Rattlesnake Jack, had swindled hundreds of Rock Island railroad passengers in card games, was found dead. He was buried at public expense.

1902 -- 100 years ago
L. Oppenheimer, operator of a carnival, disappeared, and his creditors levied on his apparatus and tents.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Senator Arthur Capper of Kansas, speaking before Rotarians of the Tri-Cities, urged city people to support farm relief measures and waterways development.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport is going to be ``home'' for the famed Barnum and Bailey bandwagon a few months longer, it was announced by Dr. B.J. Palmer, owner of the elaborately ornamented museum piece. Original plans called for shipping of the circus wagon by way of the Mississippi River to Sarasota, Fla., home of the famous circus. There has been a delay in the completion of a special building to house the valuable wagon.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Four men were injured after about 14 tons of ammonia overflowed at Central Farmers Industries fertilizer storage plant north of Cordova. The leak was caused by a tank overflow while a barge was being emptied into a storage tank.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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