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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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