Day in history for July 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Of the 275 female teachers transported to the west coast by Governor Slade, 205 have since married. The other 70 are supposed to be living in hope.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Calvin Truesdale, Rock Island, was elected president of the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Society.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The season of summer operas opens at the Watch Tower July 24, with ``Fra Diavolo.'' The Marie Bell Opera Company, with 25 people, will give the best opera that has ever been given here.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Police orders sent a band of gypsies, which stopped twice in Moline yesterday, on to other lands. They were traveling in high-powered automobiles, carrying a small menagerie of trained animals.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An expansion program, totaling more than $5,500,000 and designed to provide extra-wide tapered sheet and plate for aircraft, was announced by E.B. Fassel, works manager of the Davenport plant of the Aluminum Company of America. Expected to be completed by late 1953, the expansion will include a new rolling mill.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. William Getz of Moline will be seeing a lot of their son John this year, and so will everyone else. Young Getz has landed a starring role in a new prime-time television series premiering this fall. ``Rafferty'' is an hour-long medical drama that will be aired Monday evenings on Channel 4.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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