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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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