Day in history for May 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Voting places in Rock Island are: First ward, courthouse; Second ward, mayor's office; Third ward, the brick schoolhouse.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Mansill, the commission man in the old woolen mill building, this morning received over 800 dozen eggs from Martin Schoonmaker of Edgington over the Rock Island And Mercer Railroad.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The public has donated $1,025.20 for improvement of 12th Street as far as Chippiannock Cemetery.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Two Florida men are in Rock Island seeking a site on which to build a $100,000 greyhound racing plant.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Promotion of Miss Madeline L. Johnson, Rock Island policewoman for 12 years, to sergeant was announced today by Ray W. Osterman, secretary of the Rock Island board of police and fire commissioners.

1977 -- 25 years ago
``Baby Doll'' LaNore is bidding bye-bye to her job at the Sherrard Post Office. LaNore Johnston, postmaster for 27 years, recently surprised her fellow employees by announcing she is throwing away her key in favor of a wedding ring and retirement in Florida. In doing so she ends a dynasty, started by her grandmother, that has kept the postmaster post in the family for most of the last century. Long before women's lib, LaNore's grandmother was postmaster in the mid 1800s, handing out mail to pioneers who came to her farm on horseback.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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