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Because of the drawn-out strike of phone girls, the Rock Island city council repealed the ordinance granting a franchise to the Central Union Telephone Company.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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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