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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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