Day in history for May 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The men who have the contract to build the Rock River railroad bridge have arrived in the city. It is assumed they will commence operations immediately.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus criticized three United States Army generals, sent here to report on water power in the Mississippi, for stopping in Davenport. Rock Island has the finest hotel west of Chicago.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Women who met in the home of Mrs. Ben T. Cable set May 17 as the date they would receive contributions for improving 12th Street from 18th Avenue to Chippiannock Cemetery.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The new home of Rock Island Elks was dedicated. The building, at 220 19th St., was formerly the home of the Rock Island Club.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Work was started this morning on erection of a large sign advertising Rock Island as the ``Hub of the Quad-Cities,'' on the roof of the Rock Island waterworks pumping station at the foot of 24th Street.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Workmen discovered a small marble tombstone in digging into the west wall of the Rock Island County Courthouse. The 8 by 24-inch slate gray tombstone bearing the name of Lucille and no other markings was found in a section of the basement wall which is being removed to provide for installation of a new courthouse elevator. Officials are assuming that the present courthouse erected in 1897 may have been erected on a site formerly used as burial grounds.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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