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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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