Day in history for June 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Democratic candidates for the national presidential election have been selected. Presidential nominee is Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire. Presidential elector for the Sixth district is Joseph Knox of Rock Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Seventy carloads of munitions have been shipped and 400 more carloads will come to Rock Island Arsenal from the St. Louis Arsenal, which is being discontinued.

1902 -- 100 years ago
As a result of a contest, Miss Bessie Gilmore will be Rock Island's queen at an Elks carnival to be held in Davenport.

1927 -- 75 years ago
George J. Scheuermann announced today that he and his wife will finance the erection of a $200,000 apartment building at 24th Street Place, south of 12th Avenue, Moline. Work was begun today.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Two East Moline men were fined $25 each by Magistrate Lawrence Bobb in Silvis police court for allegedly fishing too close to the Hampton dam. Those arrested and fined are Mike Cankity and Bob Spuler.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Drivers will get faster service at license examining stations, when Illinois starts issuing new photo licenses which require only minutes to process. In the past, renewals and new licenses have taken up to a month to go through the mail, but the photo licenses will be ready for drivers while they wait, an estimated 20 minutes for renewals, a little longer for whose who must take written or road tests.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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