Day in history for May 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A.F. Cutter, supervisor of the Second Ward, is serving notice on all male citizens to put in their day of road work. If anyone does not wish to work on the streets, he may hand Mr. Cutter $1.50 and receive a receipt showing that he has paid his road tax for 1852.

1877 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Corbett has moved his law office into the room above Zentgraff's Saloon.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Frank Mixter and Mrs. F.W. Bahnsen returned last night from a few weeks at French Lick, Ind.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Slightly more than a thousand men now are working at International Harvester's new tractor plant in Rock Island. Forty tractors a day are being turned out.

1952 -- 50 years ago
``One of the biggest thrills of my life'' was the way Mrs. Harry S. VanHecke reacted to her selection as Rock Island Mother of the Year. The Rock Island chamber of commerce retail bureau officially announced today that 37-year-old Mrs. VanHecke had been chosen for the honor. The mother of eight will be feted at a retail bureau luncheon in her honor tomorrow in Bogaert's.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sue Fortune, Eastern Illinois University's freshman discus thrower from Geneseo, has qualified for the NCAA women's finals in Los Angeles. She qualified with a toss of 138 feet, 11 inches, an EIU school record, in a recent meet. The qualifying distance for the NCAA finals is 134 feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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