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Because of the drawn-out strike of phone girls, the Rock Island city council repealed the ordinance granting a franchise to the Central Union Telephone Company.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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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