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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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