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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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