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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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