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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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