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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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