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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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