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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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