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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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