Day in history for October 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus suspects some kind of political knavery in the post offices, because this paper is being delivered two days later than the Rock Island Advertiser of the same date at Cordova.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Many hogs have been lost to the ravages of hog cholera by farmers living in the Preemption and Reynolds area.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Governor Yates of Illinois is critically ill of typhoid fever.

1927 -- 75 years ago
All letter boxes will be made available for the depositing of air mail.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The proposal by the Davenport bridge commission to construct a 2-lane addition to the present suspension bridge between Moline and Bettendorf was approved in principle by the Moline plan commission. Members of the bridge commission visited Moline on the invitation of the planning body to discuss the proposed venture which is only in what was described as the very early preliminary stage.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Evelyn Witter, Milan author, has been awarded a plaque by the editorial board of the American Biographical Institute. The plaque was presented for ``noteworthy and outstanding achievement'' in the field of juvenile literature. Mrs. Witter is the author of four children's books. The author teaches creative writing in the adult education department at Black Hawk College and is a ``home teacher'' for the Rock Island school system.

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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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