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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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