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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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