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 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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