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: 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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