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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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