Day in history for October 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Campbell's Rock, in the Rock Island rapids of the Mississippi, is a very dangerous obstruction to navigation. To pass it, steamboats must make a semi-circle around it, and if the pilot varies from the right course by 20 feet either way, his boat is certain to crack up on the rock.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A large attendance was recorded at St. Joseph's church bazaar last evening.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Judges of three counties found that George A. Cooke of Aledo had been legally nominated for state representative. The losing candidate had filed a protest.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island police arrested 20 drivers for having improper lights on their cars.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Using East Moline's Friday night football victory over Moline as an excuse to get away from classwork for a day, several hundred East Moline High students yesterday sought to inspire a self-declared holiday shortly after classes started.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Moline Public Hospital board, physicians and civic leaders paid tribute to Miss Marguerite Brooks, administrator of the hospital for 44 years, during dedication of the new West Wing project. In dedicating the $2,282,211 wing, William A. Getz, president of the hospital board, said the accomplishments of Miss Brooks are innumberable, since she first came to the hospital as an operating room supervisor in 1930.

Back: Available days in October 2002



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






(More History)