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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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