Day in history for October 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The fall term of Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary will open Oct. 13 and continue 11 weeks. Courses will range from first lessons in reading and arithmetic to foreign languages. Board can be had for $1.50 a week. Scholars may enter any time, though for not less than five weeks.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Henry C. Cleaveland of Rock Island was installed in Chicago as grand junior deacon of the grand lodge of Masons of Illinois.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``Uncle Josh Spruceby'' is the attraction at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A mysterious explosion and fire last night caused more than $25,000 damage to the Lundell building in Moline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Looking like a golf ball on a tee, the new Alexis water tank was placed in operation this month. It is 90 feet high and has a water capacity of 50,000 gallons. The tank is part of a $90,000 water-improvement project which includes a new well and water main extensions.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Federal, state and local investigators were swarming through the rubble of the Exel Motel, 2501 52nd Ave., Moline, late this morning, searching for clues to the early morning bombing of the building. Two explosions, about two minutes apart, ripped the east end off the still uncompleted motel about 3:39 a.m. today. Moline police estimated damage could reach $60,000.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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