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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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