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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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