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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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