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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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