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M.M. Corbett has withdrawn as a candidate for county superintendent of schools.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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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