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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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