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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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