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: 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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