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: 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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