Day in history for July 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A hailstorm which passed between Port Byron and Cordova in the upper part of Rock Island County stripped every sign of vegetation from farms in its path.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Orangemen held their annual picnic near Preemption to commemorate the battle of Boyne.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Schneider's Shoe Store and Lambert's Toggery were entered by burglars last night. The burglars took $14 from the two cash drawers.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Daniel T. Martin of Rock Island was elected president of the Rock Island district Luther Leagues at the convention held in Aledo.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A C-82 flying boxcar crashed at the Quad-City Airport shortly after noon today and was almost immediately destroyed by flames. First reports were that no one was killed and that injuries, if any, sustained by the men on board were slight. The plane was carrying an Air Force rescue detachment.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City Boy Scouts will be helping speed the circulation of the little-used $2 bills by paying for all their supplies and services for the National Jamboree with the notes. Howard Killian, East Moline, coordinator of the Aug. 2-11 Jamboree, said the Scouts would put some 2,500 of the bills into circulation. He said the council was asked to participate in an effort to circulate the notes by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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