Day in history for May 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The schooner Uncle John is quite a curiosity, and in these days of lightning and fast packets, a decided object of interest, carrying us back in imagination to the early days of river navigation, when a journey of three or four hundred miles up the river took more time than a voyage now to Europe.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel Stephenson of Galena arrived to inspect steamboats for the United States government. He is a guest at the Harper House.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Retail Grocers Association of Quincy brought 800 people to Rock Island for a day at Watch Tower Park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Discovery of a huge bootleg alcohol plant on a farm five miles from Silvis may provide a clue to the recent death of a man from mystery burns.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Alderman Ray O'Brien dropped a verbal bomb in the laps of Davenport's councilmen. He charged that an alleged house of ill fame was operating in Davenport apparently with the sanction of the city council. He learned of the existence several weeks ago when FBI agents seized a Rock Island man in Odessa, Texas, on charges of Mann Act activities in Davenport.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Charles Deere Wiman, widow of the former Deere And Co. president, left an estate worth $18 million after taxes and other settlement expenses, court records indicate. Mrs. Wiman died June 17, 1976 at her winter home in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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