Day in history for October 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Whigs have nominated the following for county offices: J.H. Hatch, for sheriff; R.H. Andrews, for clerk of the circuit court; William Bailey, for county judge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel D.A. Ray is at the Harper House. He is traveling about the state trying to induce the people to vote $531,712.13 for completion of the new state house at Springfield. The Argus denounces the plan.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Fitzpatrick, known as ``the father of the courthouse,'' died in his Milan home. On April 28, 1893, he had introduced the resolution which led to the building of the present courthouse.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Five bands will take part in the Rock Island Mardi Gras celebration Saturday.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A spokesman for FE-UE Local 109 charged the Rock Island police department with ``officially attempting to break the Farmall strike,'' a claim that brought a firm and quick reply from Acting Chief Lawrence O. Jones. The police policy of maintaining order will continue.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A hungry dog apparently touched off a fire in a Moline home, but also saved his owner from perishing in the blaze. The fire at the Harold Davidson residence, 4911 52nd Ave., is believed to have started when the dog tried to reach a pan of food on the stove and turned on a gas burner. After the fire got started, the dog scratched on the bedroom door and woke Davidson up.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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