Day in history for October 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
England has extended her foothold upon the North American continent through the Gallipagos Islands on the coast of Equador by assuming that country's debt to English creditors and paying two million sterling to the republic.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus published a long letter from a committee of citizens who argued that there is no reason a woman should not be elected county superintendent of schools. Miss Annie Kilpatrick was a candidate for the office.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The star actor, Joseph Jefferson, is playing in the stage hit ``Rip Van Winkle'' at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Albert A. Rounds, a Rock Island house-moving contractor, was critically injured by a falling beam.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Serious fire hazards would be corrected at the Rock Island County courthouse by the proposed $350,000 overhaul and improvement of the building, according to Otto C. Dahl, state fire marshal. In a written report, Dahl endorsed some of the major phases of the proposed work as essential to making the courthouse safe.

1977 -- 25 years ago
For the first time, a woman is heading Augustana College's board of directors. Dr. Paula A. Arnell, Rock Island, was elected to head the 36-member board during its annual reorganizational meeting. Dr. Arnell is a pathologist and director of the clinical laboratory at Lutheran Hospital.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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