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.

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