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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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