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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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