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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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