Day in history for October 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The macadamized turnpike at the upper end of Rock Island is so broken and rough that it is a nuisance. Better a dirt road than macadam like that.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fred Hass of Rock Island and the Argillo Works of Carbon Cliff have won contracts to help build the new penitentiary at Chester, Ill.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Burglars who broke into the Lothar Harms house took a gold watch and chain and $30.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Mississippi Valley baseball league will remain intact in 1928, President Hill said at a meeting of baseball leaders of eight cities.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man sought police protection after he reported being threatened in an apparent carryover from moonshine activity of relatives in Arkansas. James Harris, who gave his address as 230 13th St., was quoted as saying the threats stem from several years ago when he reported the illegal liquor activities of his uncle and several others in Arkansas.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An exclusive new club is being formed at Orion High School. Prospective members of the ``Casted Many'' club must have had an unlucky ``break'' to join. Nine students at Orion High School are currently in casts or on crutches due to injuries received in a variety of ways. Members are dropped from the club when their casts are removed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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