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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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