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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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