Day in history for September 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Illinois' distinguished senator, Stephen A. Douglas, will visit Rock Island and address the people. He is expected next Saturday. Handbills giving the time and place will be issued.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Lawrence Kramer, foreman of the Argus press, announced the arrival of a 16 1/2-pound boy at his home.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Elihu Root, secretary of war, will be a Rock Island visitor on Thursday.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Operations at several manufacturing plants in Rock Island were halted during the funeral of Thomas B. Davis, as a mark of respect to the memory of the late executive.

1952 -- 50 years ago
In less than two hours time, a ponderous 2,700-foot telephone cable, was laid in a ditch scooped out of the Mississippi River bed between Rock Island and Davenport. When the cable's 1,018 pair of wires are hooked up, it will mean better telephone service between the two cities, according to H.J. Osborne, manager of the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline's Mayor Dennis Jacobs and other city and civic leaders will meet with Gov. James Thompson Sunday to rekindle plans for an overpass at the city's 19th Street railroad crossing. Jacobs said today he will give Thompson a petition containing the signatures of more than 2,000 residents demanding construction of the overpass.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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