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: 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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