Day in history for May 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The wheat crop in this vicinity looks fine and promises an unusually abundant yield.

1877 -- 125 years ago
During the last 12 months, 122,466 freight cars passed through Rock Island, Rod W. Justin, yardmaster of the Rock Island Lines, informed The Argus.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island awaits 25,000 visitors during the Illinois encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic next week.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Time limits on the parking of automobiles in downtown Rock Island streets will be enforced as soon as signs are received.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because he leaned to one side to make a telephone call, Ted Goodwin, recently appointed Scott County treasurer, is all in one piece today instead of pieces. Late yesterday a light fixture in the treasurer's office broke loose from the ceiling and crashed down where Goodwin had been a few seconds before.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The editor of an oil company trade magazine and Quad-Cities gasoline distributors say there will be plenty of gas for vacationers this year, but no one knows how much it may cost by summer's end. The Chicago Motor Club says Quad-Citians are paying from 59 to 68 cents for regular; an average of 71 cents for premium, and about 69 cents for unleaded gasoline. Quad-Citians can take heart in the fact that Chicagoans are paying 5 cents more for regular gas and as much as 79 cents for premium and unleaded.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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