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: 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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