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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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