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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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