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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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