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: 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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