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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