Day in history for October 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Democratic leaders of Rock Island County today disowned C.B. Waite, who has distributed sample ballots showing himself as a Democratic candidate for prosecuting attorney. The party says Waite is a Whig and and abolitionist. He is editor of an anti-slavery paper, the Liberty Banner.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.F. Everett, superintendent of public schools, says the whole number of Rock Island pupils in October was 1,713.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The new Hotel Harms, opposite the ferry landing, will be opened to the public Oct. 30.

1927 -- 75 years ago
An architect's sketch of an apartment building to be called Long View Apartments is published today. The building will be completed by April 15, 1928.

1952 -- 50 years ago
All persons with an inclination to go on a picnic are requested to stay out of Black Hawk State Park. Grass, leaves and shrubbery in the park are so dry that there is imminent danger of a major fire even from the tiniest spark.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Jeff Skillett of rural Colona will compete in regional Kick, Pass And Punt competition during halftime of the Rams-Packers game in Green Bay Nov. 13. Skillett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Skillett, won the right by winning the 8-year-old zone competition in Bettendorf. Before winning at Bettendorf, Skillett won first places against about 35 boys in local contests at Atkinson and Sterling.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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