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: 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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