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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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