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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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