Day in history for May 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Henry Clay, the venerable statesman, may survive for weeks or he may sink into the sleep of eternity at any hour, his physicians say. He has been assured that his death will not be painful. He suffers from a general wearing out of his system.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The postmaster general ruled that the New Windsor hack hereafter must pick up its load of mail at Milan, instead of at its office in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Twenty-five thousand vistors are expected in Rock Island next week for the Illinois encampment of Civil War veterans.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's contributions to aid sufferers in the lower Mississippi River flood total $2,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island camera enthusiast, E.B. Sigler, 1103 4th Ave., is the author of an article, ``Sunlight with Flash,'' appearing in the June issue of Camera magazine. In the article, Sigler describes a method of balancing sunlight and the use of flashbulbs in outdoor photography.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A replica of the ``Spirit of St. Louis'' is scheduled to make a stop at the Quad-City Airport July 24 as part of a 24,000-mile cross-country flight re-enacting Charles A. Lindbergh's historic 1927 barnstorming tour. The Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation, which built the replica, is sponsoring the tour as part of the ``living museum'' program of its aviation museum in Franklin, Wis.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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