Day in history for October 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
With but one day's previous notice, the Democracy of Rock Island assembled in mass meeting to listen to speeches from Judge Douglas and other distinguished speakers present.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Officers elected by the Rock Island And Peoria Railroad are P.L. Cable, Ben T. Cable, Cornelius Lynde, Joseph Gaskell and R.R. Cable.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Trainmen have been ordered by the mayor to stop whistling at crossings from 1st to 24th Street, Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Stove Company will build a $25,000 addition to take care of its growing business.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Another mural was added to the recently redecorated Rock Island city clerk's office. It is a 4-by-9-foot color photograph of the Rock Island approach to the Centennial Bridge. Previous murals installed on other walls of the office show views of the city's water tanks, sewage disposal plant and waterworks plant facilities.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A small amount of radium, donated by a Moline doctor, was transported by state officials in shielded containers from the doctor's office. The radium, donated by Dr. Norbert C. Barwasser, was picked up at the request of the doctor from his Fifth Avenue Building office in downtown Moline. The 24 milligrams of radium is being given to Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital and Rush Medical School, Chicago.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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