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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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