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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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