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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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