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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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