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Because of the drawn-out strike of phone girls, the Rock Island city council repealed the ordinance granting a franchise to the Central Union Telephone Company.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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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