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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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