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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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