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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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