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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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