Day in history for May 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Block And Loewenthal opened the Railroad Clothing Store in Rock Island and advertised: ``Chicago And Rock Island Railroad under construction. One thousand men wanted to buy new and fashionable ready made clothing. Give us a call before purchasing elsewhere.''

1877 -- 125 years ago
Alderman H.E. Woods has received a choice consignment of maple sugar from his native Corinth, Vt.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.W. Caldwell sold his interest in the Rock Island Cotton Mill to William Lowe.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Proceeds from one night's showing at Fort Armstrong Theater will go to the flood relief fund. The Rotary Club of Rock Island has given $231 to the fund.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A $100 annual increase in salary was granted 350 Rock Island public school teachers, clerks and custodians for the 1952-53 school year. Cost of the raise will be about $35,000. This amount will be available from the normal increase in tax money resulting from increased valuations caused by new construction.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Union workers at Illini Beef Packers Inc. walked off the job after members voted overwhelmingly not to accept the new contract the company had proposed. Workers say the proposed contract does not meet their demands for higher wages, longer guaranteed work weeks and increased fringe benefits. Chief among the union demands is an increase in base pay from $5.25 to $6.47.

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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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