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 new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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