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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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