Day in history for July 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Harper is building a large pork-packing plant on the levee and Mr. Sawyer is planning to build one. Both should be in operation by fall. Farmers are urged to wait until then before contracting for the sale of their hogs and cattle.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Frederick Weyerhaeuser left today for Washington to look after the interests of the Mississippi Logging Company, of which he is president. A monopoly suit against the company is threatened by the attorney general. Mr. Weyerhaeuser was accompanied by his attorney, John B. Hawley.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island board of education. W.B. McIntyre was seated as a new member.

1927 -- 75 years ago
More than 5,000 Quad-Cities employees of the Rock Island Lines and their families are expected to attend the annual picnic sponsored by the Association of Rock Island Mechanical and Power Employees at Illini beach.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Residents of the Rock Island County convalescent home, Coal Valley, are due to be ``bombed'' with fried chicken. The Chicken Delight Company of Rock Island plans to parachute 122 cartoned chickens onto the farm from an airplane as a publicity stunt.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Paradise Theater in downtown Moline, closed since April, will reopen in mid-August as the Paradise Music Hall. The oldtime movie theater is being converted into a concert hall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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