Day in history for October 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus editor has been presented with sweet potatoes so large 13 of them make half a bushel. They were grown in the garden of Kinney and Hakes.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Archibald Morton informed The Argus that he had discovered a 4-foot vein of coal on the bluff two miles south of Andalusia, where he owns 70 acres and has leased 500 acres more.

1902 -- 100 years ago
News has reached here that Louis Joseph Davenport was killed in a railroad accident on the Northern Pacific near Red Lodge, Mont. He was a lineal descendent of Colonel George Davenport, first settler in this region.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island police and finance committees supported the mayor in asking for the resignation of the police matron and abolishing the office.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A half-ton Civil War cannon, taken by pranksters from the old Shellenberger Dray Company yards in Monmouth nearly fifty years ago, was unearthed last evening from the bed of Cedar Creek, six miles northeast of Monmouth. The cannon was obtained from Rock Island Arsenal as a memorial to be placed on the campus of Monmouth College.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's once controversial sex education program will not be reviewed for another five years and classes will remain co-educational. Members of the Rock Island School Board Tuesday night accepted the recommendation of its Sex Education Review Committee.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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