Day in history for October 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Captain John Wilson, owner of the Rock Island-Davenport ferry, has lost his lawsuit in which he claimed ownership of part of the Rock Island levee. The case was tried in Stark County. He will appeal to the Supreme Court.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The house of James Shields was entered by burglars, who took a patent lever silver watch, Mr. Shield's pants, and 90 cents in change.

1902 -- 100 years ago
At the annual meeting and dinner of the Tri-City Press Club at Black Hawk's Watch Tower Inn, L.B. McClarren of Davenport was elected president.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Five accidents were caused in Rock Island because of slippery streets due to rain.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Another major step in a long-range program of the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. toward a 3-phase underground electrical network for Rock Island's downtown business district was taken with the lowering into position of the first three underground transformers into their respective vaults. All three of the vaults are located on 18th Street.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An afghan entered by the County Center Grange has won a first place award in the state competition and will advance to the national judging. Agnes White, County Center Grange women's activities chairman, said the afghan, made by her niece, Christine Polson of Prophetstown, was the top state winner.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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