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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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