Day in history for February 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Investigation shows there is much difference in the size of salaries paid governors. The governor of California gets $10,000 a year, the governor of Rhode Island only $400 per year.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Tom Thumb, the famous dwarf, rode through the streets of Moline today, drawn by midget horses that were driven by a tiny coachman.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Banker Phil Mitchell has offered to sell to Rock Island on easy terms the former armory building, which is being leased as city hall. The price asked is $17,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Among automobiles sold in Rock Island and on display at the auto show in the Fort Armstrong Hotel are the new models of Erskine, Paige, Chandler, Peerless, Auburn, Reo, Essex, Jordan, Oakland, Star, Flint and Overland. The cheapest new car is a runabout, at $390.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Sammy Kaye Show, without a box-office handicap, last night packed Davenport Masonic Temple to the walls, the crowd overflowing into the streets. Hundreds of ticket holders, including The Argus reviewer, were turned away as much as a half-hour before the show began. Complaints were rampant. Hundreds of gate crashers were blamed for the confusion.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The 200-room Fort Armstrong Hotel, Rock Island, has been purchased by Stan Schiller, Davenport, a partner in the Clayton House motel chain. No purchase price for the Rock Island downtown landmark was revealed.

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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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