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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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