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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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