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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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