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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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