Day in history for July 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The assistant judge of our county court attempted to cowhide a doctor at Port Byron for anonymous letters written to the judge's ladyfriend. The doctor retaliated by stabbing the judge in the abdomen with a small knife. Friends of the judge will be gratified to learn that his wounds are not considered dangerous.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.S. Drake, one of the owners of The Argus, left today for Brown Lake, Wisconsin, to attend the annual reunion of Gideon's band, a Bible society.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island will have to conform to a new state law requiring the appointment of a police matron to the city police department.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The city tennis tournament opens on the Augustana College courts today.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A swarm of bees forced the congregation of the Preemption Methodist Church out of the sanctuary Sunday. The church services were held in the basement. The bees made themselves at home under the roof and invaded the sanctuary.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's first woman city council member is slated to be sworn into office at Monday night's regular council meeting. She is Mrs. Beverly Budelier, 45, of 2201 16th St., who was selected by the council on a 3-1 vote yesterday afternoon from a field of 15 applicants to fill a two-year council vacancy created when Alan A. Campbell was elected mayor.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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