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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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