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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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