Day in history for September 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
People should think twice before going to California to hunt gold. In San Francisco houses rent for $100 a month and servants get $50 to $100 a month. Drinking water (20 buckets a day) comes to $395 yearly.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A Pittsburgh, Pa., newspaper refers to Rock Island as ``a Democratic stronghold.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.F. Witter has been appointed by the Y.M.C.A. to promote debates under auspices of the Y.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A new heat wave record for September seen as probable today with the temperature at the 95 mark at 2 p.m.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport park officials are probing the death of a mother deer in its pen in Fejervary Park. Park officials say it had been ``murdered'' with a blunt instrument or by a blunt arrow shot from a bow. Park board members believe the deer was deliberately killed and they promise prosecution.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A delegation of top-ranking Chinese officials will tour Quad-City industrial sites as part of a nationwide technology survey tour, the National Council for U.S.-China Trade has announced. The U.S.-China Trade Council, established with the federal government's support, is a nonprofit organization of over 400 corporate members whose aim is to promote trade with the People's Republic of China. William Hewitt, board chairman of Deere And Co., chairs the council.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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