Day in history for October 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The great statesman Daniel Webster cannot live the day through, a telegram from Boston states.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Tidal Wave came up river today and left 60 bales of cotton for the Rock Island cotton factory.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.W. Lusk of Monmouth is in Rock Island furthering his campaign for election to congress.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island merchants will sponsor a Halloween parade and dance.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Fire, causing an estimated $50,000 damage, razed a large barn and corn crib and destroyed stored crops at the George McConnell farm, located three miles east of Route 67 on the Coyne Center road, south of Milan. A witness said he was walking along the road and it appeared as if the roof was blown off the barn when the fire broke out. The blaze was visible as far as the Quad City Airport.

1977 -- 25 years ago
River towns are full of disenchanted men who long ago let the air out of boyhood dreams to live on the Great Mississippi River. And then there are people like John Vize, Moline, a red-haired, red-faced, grown-up Huck Finn who never shook off those dreams, and eventually did something about them. A few weeks ago Vize grabbed an opportunity to swap his house for a stern-wheeler riverboat. ``I guess I always wanted to be a river pilot,'' Vize says, ``I love the boat and I love the river.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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