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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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