Day in history for May 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The New York potato market is glutted. Ten thousand barrels of potatoes are lying on the docks and can't be sold for cost. Potato speculators are wearing long faces.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Friends serenaded Mr. and Mrs. George Wagner, who will leave in a few days on a trip to Germany.

1902 -- 100 years ago
At a campfire held in the Illinois Theater, Rock Island, the state G.A.R. delegates heard speeches by three governors, a former governor, and General Eli Torrance, national commander of Civil War veterans. Judge H.M. Trimble was elected Illinois department commander.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Because of public excitement when Charles Lindbergh safely flew the Atlantic, the Rock Island switchboards handled a record 60,000 calls in one day.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Tomorrow is Tim Moore day on WHBF-TV, and the star of the CBS-TV Amos and Andy show, who is spending two weeks in his hometown of Rock Island, will appear on the 3:30 House Party show. The Kingfish will be presented one of the famous keys to Rock Island by Mayor Melvin McKay, and Herbert E. Wilson, president of the chamber of commerce, will give official greetings from the community.

1977 -- 25 years ago
What a number of persons, including a Rock Island policeman, termed an unidentified flying object high above Rock Island, apparently was a planet, a spokesman for the Quad-City Airport Control Tower said today.

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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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