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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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