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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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