Day in history for October 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Whiteside County lays claim to 50,000 acres of swamp land in the Meredosia slough which rightfully belongs to Rock Island County. Since the question will be settled by the legislature, it is important for this county to elect William Marshall, Jr., of Cordova as state representative.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The mayor has received notice that a writ of error has been issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of John Ruch versus the city of Rock Island. This revives the old case of the use to which Spencer Square may be put. The question, it had been believed, was settled long ago.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Ten thousand people inspected the Hotel Harms, which was opened to the public today. The building and equipment cost $90,000. John Volk And Co. had the general contract.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A record street crowd of 30,000 enjoyed Rock Island's Halloween Mardi Gras. The festival was sponsored by merchants.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The bill for President Harry S. Truman's 1-hour stay in the Quad-Cities probably will exceed $700.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Everybody at Rock Island's Eugene Field Elementary School knows Mandy. When the Labrador strolls into the intersection of 30th St. and 31st Ave. the drivers take notice. For the last two years Mandy has helped her owner, Janice Noppe, protect the kids crossing at the busy intersection.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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