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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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