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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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