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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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