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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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