Day in history for October 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The more quietly and peaceably we all get on the better. In nine cases out of ten, the wisest policy is if a man cheats you, quit dealing with him; if he is abusive, quit his company; if he slanders you, take care to live so that nobody will believe him.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel J.N. Macomb, in charge of upper Mississippi improvements, left for Keokuk to inquire why a canal at that point has been closed.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A rise of 25 cents a ton, the second within a month, went into effect on bituminous coal.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ardo W. Mitchell has succeeded Mrs. W.J. Sweeney to the office of president of Bethany Home board.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Robert Mahieu, 14, called Moline Police last night to report a flying saucer. Mahieu said he saw an oval object in the sky in the west end of the city about 6:30 p.m. and that it moved across the sky very fast. When he first sighted the swiftly moving oval it was of a light yellow color. Then it changed to dark green and then to red. It kept changing colors, in that order, as long as he was able to keep it in sight.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Airport Board decided to try to get rid of some unwelcome freeloaders, even if it costs $4,000. Although the terminal building is made of concrete and steel, airport workers have been finding termites in cabinets, wooden shelves and book cases.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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