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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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