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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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