Day in history for October 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We learn an extensive quarry of the finest marble of various colors has been discovered in the southern part of Rock Island County. The marble is said to compare well with Italian marble.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A.C. Dart of Rock Island was named vice president at the St. Paul river improvement convention.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Thomas Blivins, driver for the Robb Express And Transfer Co., was run over by a Milwaukee Road passenger train at the 20th Street crossing in Rock Island this morning.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The board of local improvements decided to abandon plans to widen 20th Street, Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Senior journalism and English students of 13 high schools of the Quad-Cities and western Illinois will spend the day visiting The Argus tomorrow. They will occupy various desks in the newsroom and other departments of the paper and accompany reporters on their runs. The visitation is planned as a climax of Argus observance of National Newspaper Week.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College parking ticket headaches have prompted vice president Robert Dan to turn to the city of Moline for a remedy. Dan is asking the city to assume collection of parking tickets issued by college security personnel. For its extra work, the city rather than the college would pocket the estimated $4,000 to $5,000 in fines annually.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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