Day in history for May 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island markets: Wheat, 70 cents; corn, 25 cents; oats, 18 cents; hams, 10 cents a pound; butter, 15 cents a pound; potatoes, 70 cents a bushel.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Last week the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann sawmill ran only five days but sawed more lumber in that time than was ever scored by any two mills in this vicinity in the same length of time. The grand total was 804,867 feet.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Women's committees in Rock Island today began accepting donations of money for improving 12th Street from 18th Avenue to Chippiannock Cemetery.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The chamber of commerce began work on plans to bring an exhibit of the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts to Rock Island throughout all of June.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The towboat Jack Don exploded and burned about eight miles above New Boston on the Mississippi River. Twelve members of the crew were imperiled but got away to safety. The explosion occurred in a crank case of one of the two engines and the resulting fire spread quickly throughout the boat.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Students at Augustana College have been voting this week as to who is the ugliest of them all, and the results of the 21st annual festival will soon be known. Actually, not everyone in the contest shares the grotesque features of the 11 candidates in the Ugly Man on Campus Festival; to balance the show there are also 11 beauties.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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