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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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