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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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