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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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