Day in history for October 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Hon. G.H. Williams of Iowa and Joseph Knox, Esq., of Rock Island, will address the Democratic rally in the Davenport courthouse at 2 p.m. Friday.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The snagboat Montana cleared the upper Mississippi during the past season of 94 snags and cut 209 large trees and 4,263 small ones. The boat took 9,830 soundings of river depth.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Julius Goetz, 43, employed in the blacksmith shop of Rock Island Plow Company, expired suddenly this morning of heart disease while he was at work.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Service will start tomorrow on automatic printers which will supplant Morse telegraph wires in bringing world news to The Argus.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Two 13-year-old Moline youths whose wrestling antics resulted in a broken window at Kozy Korner Restaurant, 3328 23rd Ave., were scheduled to tell their tale to Policewoman Geneva Dunderberg this afternoon. The boys were tussling in front of the place about 10:15 o'clock last night when they fell against the large window and broke it.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A pressure buildup in a large melting furnace touched off an explosion at the Frank Foundries plant, 2020 3rd Ave., Moline, about 11:20 p.m. Friday, causing little damage but startling residents over a wide area. A company spokesman said the blast occurred as second-shift workers prepared to shut down for the evening.

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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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