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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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