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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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