Day in history for September 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Moline Paper Mill went into operation today, turning out a very superior wrapping paper at the first working of the machine. Printing paper will be made in two weeks.

1877 -- 125 years ago
In Milan, Annie McMichael, 5, fell through a trap door in the kitchen floor of her home into a cistern and drowned.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Augustana College opened its doors today with a larger enrollment than ever before.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Twelve men have applied for the job of custodian of Watch Tower Park, which is now a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a 124-car parking garage in downtown Rock Island were disclosed today by Robert D. Danico. The $105,000 project in the former Spencer Theater building, on the northeast corner of 19th Street and 2nd Avenue, will include all available area in the building with the exception of the corner area now occupied by the Lobby Tap.

1977 -- 25 years ago
For people who want to earn the art of belly dancing, or are worried about their ability to cope with the metric system, the Milan park program has classes to fit their need. The classes are open to anyone in the area according to park director Nell Daniels. Belly Dancing is taught by Diane Lowe of Colona, a professional belly dancer. Metrics is taught by Milan mayor Joel Brunsvold, a math teacher at Sherrard Junior High School.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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