Day in history for July 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
It is currently rumored that banking operations are about to be commenced in Rock Island, under the law of this state, by responsible parties.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Miss Ella Wiser and Miss Mary Bryant, school teachers, left for St. Paul on the steamer Clinton.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Much complaint is being voiced about the growth of weeds along sidewalks in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Parents of seventh and eighth graders at Longfellow School protested their transfer to Washington Junior High School.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A thorough investigation into the cause of a 2-alarm fire that chewed its way through several apartments in a downtown Davenport building was launched by the Davenport fire department's fire prevention bureau. The fire broke out in the second floor rear apartment above the Naeckels And Sons Company Paint Store at 405 W. 2nd St.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Motorists take a second glance when they pass a railroad crossing gate guarding a farmstead northeast of Geneseo. Jim and Alwin ``Bud'' Reschke, operators of the 470-acre livestock farm, say they put up the railroad cross arms and gate for a rose climber and driveway decoration. They admit the symbol of railroading goes a lot deeper. They grew up close to the railroad tracks in Geneseo during the 1920s and 1930s. A train steaming into town was the high point of their day.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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