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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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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