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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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