Day in history for December 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will give earnest support to the principles of the Democratic Party, believing Franklin Pierce is a standard bearer of the true old Hickory stamp.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus said the Mississippi River is open all the way from St. Paul to the gulf.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Architect F.F. Borgolte sues Rock Island school board for $1,500 claimed as commission on new high school. School board says it refused commission because cost exceeded his estimate.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Salvation Army entertains 200 children at annual Christmas party.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers, who may have used gas masks, got $254 from a safe at Mills Chevrolet Co., 515 13th St., Moline. Det. Sgt. Glenn Petersen said the safe from which the money was taken automatically released a vial of tear gas when it was forced open. Petersen said the smell of tear gas was so strong that he had to vent the auto firm office with a fan for about 15 minutes before entering it.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Flashing red lights are being installed at both approaches to the Ill. 84 bridge over the Rock River at Green Rock. The state-financed project will provide a warning for travelers approaching the narrow bridge, the site of many serious accidents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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