Day in history for September 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our congressman, Thomas Campbell, persuaded Congress to refuse a grant of money for a railroad from Dubuque to Keokuk and to appropriate $50,000 instead for improvement of navigation in the Rock Island rapids.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Clint Parkhurst, former Argus reporter who became a Davenport lawyer, has gone to California to embark again on a journalistic career.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A girl who ran away from home in Milwaukee gave herself up to Rock Island police. A runaway boy from Ottawa is being held by Moline police.

1927 -- 75 years ago
James F. Witter was reelected president of the Rock Island Board of Education for the fifth time.

1952 -- 50 years ago
To a group of elderly men in Moline's City Hall park, adjacent to Central fire station, today was a low point in their lives. The city was taking away their free-time habitat. Henry Louderback squinted into the sun and rattled his newspaper. ``I think there's enough room in the city for parking cars without tearing all this up,'' he muttered.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Several hundred workers at International Harvester's Rock Island Farmall Plant walked off the job, forcing the shutdown of the plant's main assembly lines. An IH spokesman said the walkout was unauthorized. He said the company has been unable to contact representatives of the United Auto Workers to learn the cause of the walkout.

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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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