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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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