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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