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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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