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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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