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M.M. Corbett has withdrawn as a candidate for county superintendent of schools.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: 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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