Day in history for September 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
At the Whig rally in Davenport, the speaker denied that General Andrew Jackson ever challenged General Winfield Scott, Whig candidate for president, to a duel. The truth is that Jackson told Scott he would accept a challenge, but Scott declined on the grounds of a sense of religion and patriotic scruples.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John Buffum of Andalusia, nominated for county judge by the Workingmen's party, has declined the nomination.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A salute of 17 guns was fired when Secretary of War Elihu Root paid his first official visit to Rock Island Arsenal today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Fourth Avenue, Rock Island, recently repaved, was designated as an arterial highway by aldermen.

1952 -- 50 years ago
L.G. Knockenmus, 3216 9th Ave., Rock Island, has been awarded a patent on a new tire bumper guard for automobiles. The new guard goes around the entire car and is like a regular tire. The idea of the new type guard is that when the car strikes anything, it will bounce off preventing damage to the car.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A stepped-up effort to collect more than $1.3 million in unpaid personal property taxes will begin next month in Rock Island County. State's Attorney Edward Keefe has asked County Treasurer Matthew Kropp to aid in the effort and may ask the county board to let him hire an additional assistant state's attorney.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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