Day in history for September 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus heartily endorses the Democratic party candidates: General Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire for president, William R. King of Alabama for vice president and Joel A. Matteson of Will County for governor.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Specimens of the ware made by the Rock Island Pottery Company have been sent to the Illinois State Fair at Freeport and also to the the Nebraska State Fair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Tom A. Marshall of Keithsburg announced that under certain conditions he would make the race for congress.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Plans are being made for a county-wide initiation ceremony at a meeting of the Rock Island Eagles.

1952 -- 50 years ago
William Sentner, 45, St. Louis, was taken into custody by the FBI at a Rock Island hotel in an FBI cleanup of 18 reputed midwest and west coast Communist leaders. Attorney General McGranery announced in Washington, D.C., that all are charged with conspiring to advocate overthrow of the government by force and violence.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Atkinson farmer Vernon Moens will be investing $100,000 to give mother nature a helping hand. Moens purchased the former Henry Van Herzeele Feed Mill, Atkinson, with plans to convert it into a bird seed manufacturing plant. ``I think bird seed production is going to be a growing business because all you have to do is provide the seed, mother nature will provide the birds.''

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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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