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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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