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: 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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