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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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