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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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