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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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