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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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