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: 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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