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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