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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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