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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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