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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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