Day in history for September 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend Edwin Coomes., Esq., is about commencing the publication of a weekly paper at Tipton, Iowa, to be called the Western Mirror.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The raft boat Mollie Mohler struck a rock at Port Byron and went down in 10 feet of water.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rockford baseball team defeated Rock Island, 8 to 4.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Seventeen YWCA girls swam across the Mississippi from Davenport to Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Attempts to determine revenue-bond financing possibilities for a proposed swimming pool for Rock Island will be sought at a meeting of the council's swimming pool committee at 7 o'clock Thursday evening in the city hall. Mayor Melvin L. McKay, in calling the meeting, said he hopes to have at least one representative of a bond house at the meeting prepared to provide answers to the revenue-bond suggestion.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The lights will go on again at the shuttered Capitol Theater in downtown Davenport when Broadway Theater League opens its 18th season there this fall. The Theater League has scheduled three national touring shows into the Capitol this fall and winter, beginning with the musical ``Bubbling Brown Sugar'' Oct. 10-12. Other shows on the agenda to date are ``The Robber Bridegroom'' Dec. 5-7 and the recent Broadway comedy hit ``Same Time, Next Year'' Feb. 13-15.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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