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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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