Day in history for July 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Fred S. Nichols, editor of The Argus, has gone to St. Louis to buy a larger press and new type. This paper was founded only nine months ago, but its extensive circulation and the rapid growth in population and business in Rock Island make a larger sheet necessary.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Hampton has come forward with a burglary. A lot of drygoods taken from the store there owned by Supervisor W.H. Webster.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Minnie Anderson, 16, Rock Island, was struck by lightning at 6 a.m. today and was badly burned.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Colonel D.M. King recommended the rebuilding of the Rock Island Arsenal stables, destroyed yesterday by fire at an estimated loss of $20,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A tour of Davenport's storm sewer system begun this morning by two boys was unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of police. The youngsters, age 10 and 12, had already proceded seven blocks through the northeast Davenport storm sewer when Patrolman Kenneth Thompson arrived on the scene in response to a phone call by a woman who said she ``heard voices in the sewer.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
A wrecker that covers over 60,000 miles a year for the Ator Brothers Body Shop has reached pinup status. Orion brothers Roy and Dean Ator were surprised to learn their red and white 1971 Kenworth, the flagship of their wrecker fleet, was featured in the June issue of ``Overdrive'' magazine.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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