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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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