Day in history for September 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
F.A.C. Foreman, well known to many Argus readers, has started a Whig newspaper at New Boston, calling the paper ``The Golden Era.'' We hope his paper will last longer than the party it backs.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Harry Robinson's quartet-quintet company will appear in Rock Island on the 12th.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Forepough-Sells circus drew large crowds here today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Professor F.M. Fryxell and Robert Spahr of Augustana College succeeded in climbing the Grand Teton mountain in Wyoming, they being the first this year to scale the peak.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the new Gamble-Skogmo warehouse, located on Route 67, a mile north of Monmouth. Loss was estimated at $2,500,000. The building was owned by the Prudential Insurance Company.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent $475,000 in the last eight years preparing a Moline flood-protection plan whose soaring cost is leading some aldermen and business officials to question it's value. The plan calls for construction of a floodwall and related structures from 1st Street to 34th Street and from 48th Street to 55th Street. The Corps said the cost of building a floodwall in that middle stretch, from 34th Street to 48th Street, would be too high, and the benefits too few, to justify construction.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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