Day in history for October 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Sen. Stephen A. Douglas orated at the courthouse this afternoon. Although rain fell incessantly and notice of Douglas' coming was short, only half of those who turned out for the political rally could get inside. Illinois' distinguished senator attacked the principle of electing an Army general as president.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Many Rock Island people are attending the Mercer County Fair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
T.A. Pender became yardmaster for the Rock Island Lines.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Miss Marguerite Tonkin was elected president of the Rock Island County Christian Endeavor Society.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Most Rev. William E. Cousins, bishop of the Peoria diocese, will preside at dedication ceremonies Sunday at the new St. Anne's Catholic Church, and the new St. Mary's Parochial School, both in East Moline.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Taxpayers in Prophetstown may have to decide whether they would rather vote the city $75,000 to improve the water supply or live with dingy laundry. Mayor Melvin Scott said a referendum would have to be held to obtain the money for a more sophisticated filtration system to bring the water up to state standards. The Illinois Water Survey Division, Champaign, has reported that tests showed the water has a higher content of manganese than the .05 parts per million accepted by the state Environmental Protection Agency.

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