Day in history for November 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
All the iron needed to complete the Rock Island Railroad as far as Peru has been shipped by water from Buffalo and should arrive this coming week. The railroad will be finished from Chicago to Peru by Jan. 1 and after that there will be only 80 miles of track to lay for it to reach Rock Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
P.T. Barnum, the showman, will exhibit his Colorado petrified man in Rock Island Nov. 22.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Because of the drawn-out strike of phone girls, the Rock Island city council repealed the ordinance granting a franchise to the Central Union Telephone Company.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Rock Island and Moline posts of the American Legion will compete in selling tickets for a concert of the United States Marine band Nov. 21.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mercy Hospital was granted the largest building permit in Davenport's history. The permit, which calls for construction of a new addition to the hospital including a chapel, staff headquarters, additional nurses quarters and hospital rooms, totaled $2,193,000.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Arthur Swift has retired as president and general manager of WQAD-TV (Channel 8) in Moline. Swift will be succeeded by Richard Gilbert, director of corporate development at the Des Moines Register And Tribune Co., which purchased the station from Swift and other local investors earlier this year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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