Day in history for October 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
P.S. Albert has given The Argus editor a monster beet which for size will be hard to beat. Grown in his garden, this unbeatable beet measures 24 inches in circumference and weighs 10 pounds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mayor W.P. Butler is to be commended for staying home and signing orders for pay to laborers instead of going to the river improvement convention in St. Paul.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Twenty-five linemen went on strike in sympathy with the women operators, who have been on strike for a long time.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Two hundred persons have joined the Rock Island Civic Music Association.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities took part in a gigantic birthday party today as a railroad closed the book on its first 100 years and began writing a new volume with a 2052 publishing date. The area, especially Rock Island, namesake of the Rock Island Lines, adopted a festive spirit to honor the railroad which has been a major contributor to the population and industrial life of the Quad-Cities.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Neither police nor school officials believe they can eradicate shoplifting. But the PTA of a Moline grade school hopes to dissuade some students from the crime by sponsoring a panel discussion on the topic. At 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Willard Elementary School, Jean Holt and other members of the PTA hope to change the minds of a few of the youngsters who think shoplifting is fun.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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