Day in history for May 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The scooner Uncle John came down Rock River from Como with a cargo of flour. Besides sails, the Uncle John has two horses in the hold to assist in raising the wind on the double revolving cylinder principle. We wish this strange boat good luck in its voyages. It may need it.

1877 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Cable, owner of the Rock Island And Mercer County Railroad, valued the road for taxation purposes at $43,101.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Commencement week exercises at Augustana College closed with a band concert in the chapel.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Maxine Briggs, Lincoln School pupil, won the city-wide jacks tournament.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Peoria district office of price stabilization said today that it is making a thorough investigation of a potato black market in the 34 northern Illinois counties under its jurisdiction. John M. Kerwin, OPS district director, said that anyone who has made money by selling potatoes above the ceiling price will pay a penalty.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The 16-mile Dan-O Watkins Memorial Bike Route is nearing completion. Nearly all of the signs designating the route have been installed, and 5,000 maps of the bikeway are being distributed. The bike route was named in memory of Dan-O Watkins, a Moline High School student and charter member of the city's bike route committee, who was killed in a mountain-climbing accident in 1975.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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