Day in history for October 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Illinois has arrived in California carrying the mails of Sept. 19 and $1,600,000 in gold dust.

1877 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Corbett has withdrawn as a candidate for county superintendent of schools.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Davis of South Rock Island left today for Phoenix, Ariz., for the benefit of his health.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Residents of the southwest district of Rock Island were assured at a mass meeting that a new school would be built there soon.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An operation to remove a peanut, lodged in the windpipe of a 16-month-old Rock Island girl, has been delayed until at least tomorrow morning at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago. The youngster, Sharon Ann Engel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Engel, was taken to the Chicago hospital Tuesday night. The operation has been delayed until swelling, caused by irritation by the peanut, goes down.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A sewer pipe, two pieces of strap steel, a door hinge and a father's unwillingness to buy expensive dentures sparked a thriving business. James Hurst is proprietor of Hurst Dental Laboratories, Galva, which produces dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic items. He became interested in becoming a dental technician about 25 years ago when his father, Edmund Hurst, taught himself to build his own false teeth.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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