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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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