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: 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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