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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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