Day in history for July 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
In beauty of surrounding scenery, pure and wholesome air, good hunting grounds, excellent fishing, Rock Island has no equal on the upper Mississippi, and there is no point on the river that offers any superior attractions in all that goes to make up a pleasant summer retreat. That is the answer The Argus give to queries about Rock Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Robert Ross and the Reiling steamboats came up the river this morning.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island council of Royal and Select Masters has been revived. The thrice illustrious master is M.M. Briggs. The former council here passed out of existence in 1883.

1927 -- 75 years ago
More than 250 Rock Island boys are expected to spend part of their summer vacation at the camp of the Rock Island YMCA on the Mississippi River.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Jasper Lathrop, Davenport, got into the wrong car last night and, as a result, he's in Moline Public Hospital today. He incurred facial injuries and several scalp lacerations as the result of a beating he said was administered to him by a stranger, apparently the owner of the car.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline city officials compared the new with the old when they toured Illinois Bell's office on 16th Avenue. The older mechanical telephone office with its bulky switches was silenced at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, making room for its electronic counterpart to take over the job of switching phone calls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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