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: 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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