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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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