Day in history for May 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
From June 2 to Dec. 1 The Argus will be issued as a campaign paper, in which ammunition to be used against the Whig party will be plentiful. Ten copies will be sent to one address for $1.

1877 -- 125 years ago
David W. Hoover, teacher of a singing school, and Miss Mattie Hettie Cropper, daughter of a Milan farmer, were married at the Ninth Street Methodist Church, despite objections by the bride's parents. They will begin housekeeping in Erie.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It is estimated the attendance at the 36th annual encampment of the Illinois G.A.R. in Rock Island totaled 20,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A series of heavy rainstorms flooded streets and basements. Washouts on railway lines delayed trains. Three storms in 24 hours brought severe lightning and thunder and 2.5 inches of rain.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Major General Ulysses S. Grant III visited the home of his grandfather and set a couple of things straight. General Grant began his surprise visit to Galena with a tour of the onetime home of the Civil War general and former president. Grant III noted two portraits, one of Major General Frederick Dent Grant, his father, and another of Jesse Root Grant, his uncle, were reversed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials must decide whether to seek federal funds for a $3.2 million downtown revitalization project or a $3.7 million water main extension program.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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