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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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