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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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