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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