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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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