Day in history for October 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
John Root was found guilty in Knox County court of manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. Captain Root murdered Eric Janson, leader of the Bishop Hill colony, about two years ago in the courthouse at Cambridge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
W.H. Dart and Charles Metzgar left today for Colorado to sojourn until next spring.

1902 -- 100 years ago
H.A. Lohse was elected business agent of the carpenters' union.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Governor Andrew Anderson, head of the district Rotarian group, spoke at the Rock Island Rotary lunch today.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Fred Keppy farm, northwest of Davenport, reportedly has been selected as the site for a 600-rental-home project sponsored by a Wichita, Kan., firm. The 169-acre site, Ridgeview Park, is located between Harrison Street and Buttermilk Road and about a quarter of a mile north of the junction of Harrison and Division streets.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Two suppressed indictments made public today accuse former Rock Island County Sheriff Joe Schneider of theft and unauthorized tampering with a motor vehicle. If convicted, Schneider could receive up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine on each count in the indictments. Schneider, 72, resigned as sheriff one week ago while a grand jury considered allegations that he advanced the odometer on his car to justify mileage claims against the county.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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