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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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