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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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