Day in history for October 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
On and after Monday, the 18th, until further notice, there will be two passenger trains a day between Rock Island and Joliet.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Pastors appointed to Rock Island Methodist churches are the Rev. Joseph Hart and the Rev. G.R. Palmer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``Richard Carvel'' is the stage show now at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Upton Close, writer and traveler, told Illinois teachers, meeting in Rock Island, that white dominance in Asia is nearing its end.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A carrot, measuring 14 inches in length and 11 inches in circumference was pulled by Mrs. John B. Fry, 4234 9th St., Rock Island, from a garden at the rear of her home yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Fry have maintained a garden at their home for the past four years and have extracted some good sized carrots from it, but the big carrot pulled out of the ground yesterday was the granddad of them all.

1977 -- 25 years ago
It's going to cost him about $350 a minute, but Dr. Harry Nelson thinks it's worth it. Nelson, Director of the Deere Planetarium at Augustana College, will be cruising the Pacific Ocean to glimpse a brief but spectacular total eclipse of the sun. The patch of water 1,200 miles southwest of Los Angeles is one of the few spots in the world where the moon, as it passes around the earth, will totally obscure the sun for about three minutes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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