Day in history for October 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
People along the way have been invited to buy stock in a telegraph line from St. Louis to Dubuque. The line would have an office in Davenport.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The government steamer Alice came up the river to Rock Island carrying inspectors and the commander of the lighthouse service. The steamer is engaged in signal and lighthouse maintenance.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Gilbert White and his son, I.S. White, and Ira Karr returned from a fishing trip in Wisconsin, bringing home two muskies, weighing 25 and 35 pounds.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The drill team of Davenport auxiliary to the American auxiliary returned last night from the Paris, France, Legion convention, and they were welcomed home by the largest throng of people in the streets since the armistice celebration of 1918.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Six 1,000-horsepower locomotive units, recently completed at the Davenport Besler Corporation plant, have been delivered to Rhodesia, in central South Africa. Reports from that country show the locomotive units to be in fine condition after the trip and performing satisfactorily.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A proposed agreement would allow the city of Rock Island and its residents and corporate businesses to continue to use the landfill in the vicinity of 31st Avenue and the Centennial Expressway until October 15, 1978, when it is scheduled to be closed permanently.

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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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