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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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