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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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