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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