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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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