Day in history for May 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Wisconsin legislature defeated a bill to allow colored people to vote, 37 to 21.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Guards at Rock Island Arsenal were rebuked for shooting at fishermen. Commander Flagler announced that people are free to fish near the island as long as they do not molest government property.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mayor B.F. Knox threw the first ball as the baseball season opened. Rock Island defeated Evansville, 10 to 0.

1927 -- 75 years ago
For the second year in a row, Percy Brown, 14, won the city marbles championship sponsored by The Argus and the YMCA.

1952 -- 50 years ago
New developments in telephone equipment and the microwave radio relay system were demonstrated for Rock Island Kiwanians by W.F. Wiedemann of the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. Mr. Wiedemann first demonstrated the newest-type telephone with letters and numbers outside of the dial and a transmitter and receiver 25 percent lighter than any before made.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Paula Dena, the Silvis housewife who says her job application for the East Moline police force was rejected because she is a woman, today said she may file sex discrimination suits against Police Chief Merle O'Dell and the city's police and fire commission. Chief O'Dell says that Mrs. Dena was rejected because she's missing the first joint on her left thumb, a handicap he says would prevent her from handling a gun.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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