Day in history for October 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The heirs of Robinson Crusoe have instituted a suit to recover the island of Juan Fernandez, founding their claim upon the ground that he was ``monarch of all he surveyed.''

1877 -- 125 years ago
General G.A. Warre estimated the cost of securing a navigable state of 4 1/2 feet of water in the upper Mississippi between Rock Island and St. Paul at more than $600,000.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The following were elected directors of the Rock Island Y.M.C.A.: O.L. Benway, H.K. Walker, O. Yerbury, Dr. F.H. First and H.B. Hayden.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Ruth Elder, the flying American girl, and her co-pilot were forced down on an attempt to fly the Atlantic and were picked up by a Dutch ship.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A long-awaited court battle aimed at removing legal snarls in the way of construction of a federal building for Rock Island in Spencer Square is scheduled to get under way Oct. 28 in Peoria federal district court. The end result being an answer to the question whether Spencer heirs or the city of Rock Island holds title to the loop square.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Three female Rock Island County deputies will be assigned to patrol duties, the first such use of women in county history. Scheduled for road patrol assignments are veteran county juvenile officer Pat Prouty, Rock Island, and Deputies Shirley Thomas, Moline, and Marilyn Andress, Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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