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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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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