Day in history for December 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Baptist Church has been open for the last two weeks for meetings conducted by Clark and Ketchum, Rockford preachers. Thus far the meetings have been full of interest.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed the Farnham House stables at the rear of Eggleston row of tenements, which face the south entrance of the courthouse.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Henry Carse has returned from a convention in New York of the National Bottlers Association. His sisters, Elizabeth and Katherine, returned with him and will make their home in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A hundred students in Rock Island High School went on strike when it was announced that Christmas vacation had been shortened from two weeks to 10 days.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island, temporarily at least, will have only $266,000 to cover construction of a swimming pool rather than the $300,000 bond issue approved Nov. 4 by city residents. Representatives of two Davenport bond houses assert a legal technicality prevents them from providing money for the authorized amount.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Tom Coopman was in the eighth grade when he started ``fooling around'' with weights. Now the 18-year-old East Moliner walks around with a set of biceps and triceps that makes him a candidate for Muscle Beach. Coopman is in Chicago to compete in the Mr. Teenage Metro competition, a physique contest.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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