Day in history for July 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The new cannon which was christened and fired at the Fourth of July program in courthouse square was cast at the Webber And Co. Foundry in this town.

1877 -- 125 years ago
There were 75 guests at the Harper House today. A large number of them were traveling men who went as much as 50 miles out of their way to reach the Harper for Sunday.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A Davenport man who had deserted from the Army in California escaped from the guard house at Rock Island Arsenal today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester C. Thompson will appoint a Rock Island committee on reception plans in connection with the coming of Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The first step toward a move to construct a new high school in Moline was taken by the board of education. The board instructed Superintendent of Schools Alex Jardine to work out a ``skeleton plan'' for the formation of a large public advisory committee.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 74-year-old Sumner, Ill., man is marching into the past to find a phantom Civil War regiment. Claude Julian is determined to write a book about his grandfather, Amos Julian, who left Cambridge to join the 112th Illinois Regiment to fight under General Grant. Julian, who has clear memories of his colorful grandfather up until the time he died at the end of World War I when Julian was 16, needs a scarce history of the 112th to complete his research.

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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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