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: 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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