Day in history for September 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The absence of the editor should be sufficient excuse for the shortcomings of The Argus this week.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Democrats named the following county convention delegates at a caucus in Hillier's hall: William Pierce, John Volk, J.M. Buford, C.W. Negus, W.H. Lundy, J.S. Drake, B.D. Buford, John Albrecht, C.W. Sjoblad, O.J. Dimick, and George Lamont.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Several young women who took the places of the striking telephone operators today gave up their jobs.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Plans have been made for a Rock Island street dance on 4th Avenue.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A diver turned steeplejack this morning and with the assistance of Rock Island firemen and waterworks employees patched a leak 100 feet above ground in the standpipe of the 500,000 gallon elevated tank in Reservoir park. The tank is scheduled for replacement in a waterworks improvement program next spring. The leak plugged today is the fourth leak repaired in the standpipe.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The first major program changes in Girl Scouting since 1963, for girls age 6 through 11, were announced by Kathleen Smith, executive director of the Mississippi Valley Girl Scout Council, headquartered in Moline. A new handbook entitled ``Worlds to Explore'' contains many new activities, Mrs. Smith said, while it retains much that is familiar and traditional in Girl Scouting.

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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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