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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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