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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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