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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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