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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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