Day in history for September 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
There are no new particulars concerning the dreadful collision of two ships in Lake Erie 12 days ago, but the loss of life is believed to be at least 300. (Deaths totaled 100, it was later learned.)

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Joseph P. Roles, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church here for eight years, has been transferred to a Wabash Avenue church in Chicago. He founded churches in Moline, Edgington, Preemption and at other places near here.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Attorney William T. Jackson will make the principal address at the annual reunion of the Rock Island Old Settlers Association.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 15,000 watched a boat pageant in Rock River as part of the Rock Island County Fair and Industrial Exposition being held in Watch Tower Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Sixteen dogs entered by Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Spellmeyer, 1522 9th Ave., Rock Island, in the National Toy Fox Terrier Show at Carmi, Ill., won a total of 10 ribbons.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Department announced today that a new crackdown on traffic violations by bicyclists will begin in the city, with offenders being arrested. Capt. James Moss said too many bicycle riders feel they are not subject to arrest when they disregard traffic signals, go down one-way streets the wrong way, fail to yield the right of way and other similar violations.

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