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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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