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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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