Day in history for September 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Iowa is claiming a population of 260,000. The 1850 census showed only 193,916 Iowa inhabitants.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Professor G.C. St. Clair of Chicago, a teacher of music, has decided to locate in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``Yon Yonson'' is the attraction tonight at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Fall weather has arrived, with the temperature hitting 39 degrees.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The case of the missing key to the city of Rock Island, presented to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, has been solved. The GOP presidential candidate received the key at the airport from Mayor Melvin L. McKay of Rock Island. The homemade walnut key first was placed on the floor of the general's special auto. The driver then placed it on the window ledge behind the rear seat so it wouldn't be damaged. When the general's address at the armory was concluded, excitement of all concerned caused the general's party to temporarily forget the key. The driver was called at his home at 2 a.m. by a secret service agent who was seeking the key.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline moved a step closer to hiring a meter maid and upgrading leased parking lots downtown after merchants argued the actions are necessary to improve business. Spokesman for the group, John Verona, said the cost of the meter maid would be paid through revenue derived from the $2 tickets.

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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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