Day in history for October 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A sale of Illinois Central Railroad bonds, amounting to $50,000, has been made.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The twelfth regiment of Illinois Volunteers of the Civil War held its first reunion at Princeton. Attending from Rock Island County were Robert Koehler, John W. Newton and Reuben G. Hollister.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Sam Ryerson has returned from Washington, where he attended a meeting of the Sons of Veterans as a delegate from H.H. Cleaveland camp of Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A monument was dedicated today in Acacia Lawn, the Masonic section of Memorial Park Cemetery in Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The William E. Bettendorf mansion has been pulled into a tug-of-war game between the Scott County supervisors, who want to turn it into a hospital, and the Bettendorf civic league and park board, which would like to have the home and grounds as a community center and park. The home is located on an 18-acre estate in the center of the city.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than 200 Moline High School students dropped out of school last year, but administrators say the 5.63 percent dropout rate is ``very good'' compared with those of similar schools. Counseling coordinator Joe Wasson nevertheless told the board of education Tuesday night that officials still are concerned that 222 students left MHS last year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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