Day in history for October 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Alex F. Swander offers himself as a candidate for sheriff on the Whig party ticket.

1877 -- 125 years ago
At a meeting in the Harper House the following were chosen as delegates to a river improvement convention to be held in St. Paul: Frederick Weyerhaeuser, Congressman John B. Hawley, Mayor W.P. Butler and A.C. Dart, all of Rock Island, and J.S. Gilmore of Moline. John Deere presided at the meeting.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``Foxy Quiller'' will be the attraction at the Illinois Theater this evening.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A banquet was held in the Fort Armstrong Hotel to open the membership campaign of the Rock Island Civic Music Association.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Bonzo II, the talented chimpanzee who stars in ``Bonzo Goes to College,'' will make two personal appearances, matinee and evening, at the Rocket Theater when the picture opens Saturday. Helen Carr, former Copa line girl, is accompanying the chimp to Rock Island.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Bell manager Gary Robinson announced today that customers may begin ordering dual-name listings in telephone directories beginning Oct. 3. Such directory listings will be available to cover these situations: Two individuals with the same last name living at the same address. A second informal first name by which a person is known. Widows who wish to list their husband's name and their own.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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