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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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