Day in history for June 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We have heard of no preparations being made in Rock Island to appropriately celebrate the Fourth of July, the nation's anniversary. Can't something be done? Where are all the patriots?

1877 -- 125 years ago
W.H. Gest and James M. Buford were nominated for membership on the Rock Island board of education at a meeting held at the courthouse last night. On motion of Dr. Calvin Truesdale, the caucus voted to nominate men without regard to their religious or political affiliations. The candidates were elected today, not many votes being polled.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The new camp of Spanish War veterans will be known as Siboney Bay Camp. It starts out with a membership of 44. C.F. Channon was elected the first commander. F.C. Downs is the adjutant.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Construction contracts calling for about a million dollars worth of new buildings in East Moline for the International Harvester Company have been awarded.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities is one of only four labor market areas in the country that has a serious labor shortage, according to the current issue of the publication Business Week.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Every girl dreams of being in the movies, and the dream came true for a few hours for 23-year-old Judy Mohr of Hampton. She was an extra in one scene of the Sylvester Stallone movie ``F.I.S.T.'' being filmed at Dubuque.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.

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