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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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