Day in history for May 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Junius Smith, who has moved to Greenville, S.C., writes that he has received a fresh supply of tea nuts from China, and he expresses high hopes for his experiments in growing tea in America.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.F. Everett, superintendent of Rock Island public schools, reports 1,569 pupils enrolled, with an average daily attendance of 1,348.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the Tri-City Railway hereafter will be paid by the hour, instead of the month, and wages will be raised 10 percent.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Twelve thousand persons, about equally divided between the spectators and participants, jammed Douglas Park for the greatest athletic spectacle in Rock Island's history. It was the athletic jubilee prepared by the physical culture staff of the public schools.

1952 -- 50 years ago
With 13 neighbors protesting, aldermen ordered Lue Schutte, building inspector, to withdraw a permit previously issued for erection of a horse stable. The petitioners said the permit was issued to Harry H. Hall, 1400 45th Ave., Rock Island, and that the stable was to be erected in a residential area.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Two Davenport roofing workers were injured this morning when a tar pot exploded. Donald Sittro, 38, of 928 Grand Ave., and Mark Oeting, 22, of the Standard Hotel, were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. The two were working at 4629 Northwest Blvd.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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