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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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