Day in history for September 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
``Watch Tower'' is the name of a new lodge of the noble order of Odd Fellows. Officers elected are William Scherer, William Kale, Elton Cropper, William H. Powars, Fred S. Nichols and John R. Langley.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jonas Bear has gone east to purchase his fall stock of ready-made clothing for his Rock Island store.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.F. Egan was nominated for the state senate and W.R. Moore for the Illinois House of Representatives at a Democratic Party county convention.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Raymond R. Walker, director of the Rock Island Y.M.C.A., was elected to the national council at the state convention.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Although 19 persons occupy 12 apartments in the Hillcrest apartment building, 1635 20th St., Rock Island, only one occupant was in the structure when a fire was discovered there at 9:50 o'clock last night. That person was aroused and escaped as the blaze gutted two apartments and caused estimated $10,000 damage.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Thanks to the loan of a radio from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Cleveland police for the first time have two-way communication with the state police, sheriff's department and the Colona and Green Rock police; it was reported at the village board meeting. The radio was installed in the squad car for the use of the three marshals here.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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