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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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