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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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