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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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