Day in history for May 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus urges Rock Island citizens to vote in favor of the purchase by the city of $20,000 more of the stock of the Rock Island And Chicago Railroad.

1877 -- 125 years ago
James A. Payne was appointed town marshal of Hampton.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Articles of incorporation for the Rock Island Sand And Gravel Company were filed today. C.J. Larkin is president and F.D. Gall secretary and manager.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Floyd E. Thompson, Rock Island, a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, will speak at the dedication of the new Elks home.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The $100,000 addition to Sacred Heart School, Rock Island, was begun this morning by the O.M. Randall construction firm. The 28 by 200-foot addition will add six classrooms, and when completed will provide facilities to increase the enrollment to 700. At present the school has 508 students, according to Ret. Rev. Msgr. T.J. Jordan.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Comedian Bob Hope will appear at the Quad-Cities Open in July, tournament officials said today. Hope will play in the July 6 pro-am as many of the world's top professional golfers vie for honors in the $125,000 event July 7-10 at Oakwood Country Club. ``I am pleased and honored to be invited to play in your tournament,'' Hope said, ``and am looking forward to returning to the Quad-Cities.'' He was commencement speaker at St. Ambrose College last year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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