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M.M. Corbett has withdrawn as a candidate for county superintendent of schools.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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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