Day in history for May 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
To prevent rot in potatoes drop a gill of slacked lime upon the seed just before covering. Many farmers in this vicinity have practiced this for several years and have found lime better than charcoal dust or ashes.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A census shows Rock Island has 73 saloons, whereas Galesburg gets along well with only 9 drinking places.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The play ``The Chaperones'' drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Fines totaling $3,000 and jail sentences of 18 months were imposed on four defendents in liquor bootlegging cases before the county court.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Leo Rothschild, president of the L. Rothschild Company department store at 1723-25-27 2nd Avenue, announced that Rock Island's new store will open at 9:30 Thursday morning. Mr. Rothschild said: ``Rock Island is a progressive, growing city with need for another good department store to help meet the needs of the city and surrounding community.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
While the old Black store building in Hampton may take a good deal of restorative work, it is well worth preserving for the community, according to a consultant who inspected the 1848 structure. The Hampton Historical Society accepted the deed to the building Sept. 14, 1976 from Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stone and is currently raising money to finance restoration.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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