Day in history for September 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus hopes to begin its second year soon with 2,000 subscribers, the most of any newspaper in this section. This week we took in 70 new subscriptions and still they keep coming.

1877 -- 125 years ago
W.P. Butler was elected captain of a new militia company organized last night. C.W. Hawes and John Ritticker were chosen as lieutenants.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Because Rock Island's title to the Rock River bridges is said to have lapsed, Milan has filed suit against this city to recover $100 in bridge tolls paid by Milan citizens.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Earl H. Hanson, a teacher in Rock Island for two years, began his duties as superintendent of Orion schools.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The proposal to fluoridate Rock Island's water supply became boiling hot at a public hearing last night in the city hall, with a pitched battle of words developing between proponents and opponents of the plan. Main antagonists in the verbal fray were Alderman Vernon R. Hendren, who argued against it, and Drs. W.A. Herath and J.W. Krupicka, who spoke in behalf of the idea.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Some 30 cars of a Rock Island Lines freight train derailed in Walcott, Iowa, some slamming into the Central Petroleum Co. and others piling three or four high. The cause of the derailment, which blocked both main lines between Silvis and Des Moines, is under investigation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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