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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