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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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