Day in history for May 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The river at this point is about on a stand, the water for the last two days rising very little, if any. The Mississippi above, and all its tributaries are reported very high and at last account rising rapidly. The prospects are that we are to have high water for some time to come.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Butler is on a pleasure trip by steamboat to St. Paul.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The United Christian political party held its annual convention for the second time at Watch Tower Park, Rock Island, to nominate a candidate for president of the United States. The delegates ask for the removal of the capital from Washington to the Rock Island Arsenal tract.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Judge W.T. Church returned a decision in the town of Reynolds election contest, declaring the Citizen ticket candidates elected.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A decision to push construction of an off-street parking garage in Market Square, to be financed by revenue bonds, was announced today by Mayor Melvin L. McKay of Rock Island. He said R.C. Sandberg, Rock Island architect, has been directed to prepare sketches of suitable structures which could be erected on the north half of the square.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 23-year-old woman thwarted an attempt by three youths to burglarize her residence in Rock Island shortly before 6 last evening and managed to hit one of them on the head with a broom.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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