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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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