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: 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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