Day in history for May 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Boston Liquor Bill, which would have prohibited the sale of alcohol, was vetoed by the governor of Massachusetts. There is great rejoicing among those who fought the bill. Five hundred guns will be fired by way of celebration.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus carried dispatches telling of ``tremendous advances'' being made by the temperance movement out East under the leadership of Francis Murphy.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. E.W. Hurst gave a thimble party today in honor of Mrs. Lloyd Chandler, wife of a naval officer who is visiting her old home town.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council is considering imposing a yearly license fee of $25 on filling stations.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Fire raged through the foundry department of the Bettendorf Works of the J.I. Case Co. this afternoon, causing damage estimated at several hundred thousand dollars. Cause of the blaze was not immediately determined. The damaged area of the plant totaled more than 200,000 square feet.

1977 -- 25 years ago
John Deere tractors will be manufactured in Venezuela under a joint government-approved venture. Deere said it will have a 20 percent share of the venture, which will be capitalized at $11.6 million. William F. Turner, who has been a division superintendent at John Deere Plow And Planter Works, Moline, has been named project manager of the venture.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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