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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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