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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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