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.

Back: Available days in May 2002




Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





(More History)