Day in history for July 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Prairiefield is the name of a new post office established on the Knoxville Road, south of Rock Island. S.H. Bartlett is the postmaster.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Marshal Hawes and his police are deserving of great praise for their insistence on a cleaner city. Rock Island's alleys and back yards never looked better.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Socialists of Rock Island and Moline held a convention. They nominated P.J. Carlson, Rock Island, for representative of this district in the Illinois legislature.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, trans-Atlantic air hero, will visit the Tri-Cities next month, while on tour of the nation in his Spirit of St. Louis.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Chosen one of two Illinois girls to attend the National 4-H camp in Washington, D.C., Juanita Johnston says the 2-week trip was well worth the nine years of 4-H work it took to win the top honor. Miss Johnston, a junior at Western Illinois College at Macomb, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Johnston of near Preemption.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Scott Thompson, former Moline and University of Iowa basketball star, is on a basketball tour of Argentina. Thompson, 1976 Iowa graduate, is with the Airliner team, made up of other former Iowa cage stars. Airliner won the National AAU Tournament last spring and was invited to Argentina for a 12-game, 18-day tour.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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