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: 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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