Day in history for November 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The rapids improvement convention at St. Louis ended with all delegates convinced that obstructions to navigation in the Keokuk and the Rock Island rapids could be removed without too great cost. Lieutenant Robert E. Lee some years ago surveyed the rapids here and fixed the amount at not more than $200,000.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Many from Rock Island attended the ceremony when the cornerstone of the Davenport Public Library was laid.

1902 -- 100 years ago
County officers elected yesterday are: E.E. Parmenter, county judge; H.B.Hubbard, county clerk; W.G. Heider, sheriff; D.H. Lyons, treasurer; S.J. Ferguson, county superintendent of schools.

1927 -- 75 years ago
For the second night mystery bullets were fired through windows of buildings on the Augustana College campus.

1952 -- 50 years ago
George F. Crompton was elected president of the Rock Island Agenda Club for 1953 at the monthly dinner meeting of the service organization in the Y.M.C.A. He will succeed Richard Norton.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Harry Pells, general manager of the Quad-City Angels, has been selected as the Midwest League's ``Executive of the Year'' by his fellow club operators. The award is based on promotional efforts, club attendance and operational procedures. He will be honored at the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues national convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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