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 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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