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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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