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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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