Day in history for October 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Anyone who has had experience with the river this season will favor demands that the Rock Island rapids either be improved or removed. A convention for framing of such demands has been called for St. Louis Oct. 24.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dr. C.C. Truesdale of Rock Island accepted the office of president of the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Association.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The 18th anniversary of the Rock Island YMCA will be observed by special sermons in most of the city's churches Sunday.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. H.H. Cleveland, Sr., was elected president of the Rock Island Welfare Association.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Preliminary work on the construction of the new 17-foot seawall along the Davenport levee, which will extend from Perry to Main, has been started by the Central Engineering Company of Davenport. When completed next year the levee will be entirely level and will provide year-around parking as well as protection from high waters in the business district.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Fourteen-year-old Dan Sitzmore of Moline may well have one of the last autographs of comedian Groucho Marx, who died in August. Dan received an autographed picture of Groucho and the other Marx Brothers on Sept. 29, a good six weeks after the comedian's death. The picture had been mailed third class from Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sept. 9.

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