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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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