Day in history for July 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Democratic electors of Rock Island County are requested to hold meetings in their respective precincts for the purpose of appointing delegates to a county convention at the Rock Island courthouse Aug. 21. Rock Island is allowed six delegates, Moline and Camden, three; Cordova, Port Byron, Edgington and Hampton, 2; Drury and Illinois City, one.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fred Hass has returned home from a business trip to Des Moines, the copper regions, and Pittsburgh.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Retail Merchants Association sponsored a train excursion to Elgin. Eight hundred Rock Island people made the trip.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Jack Dempsey, at 32, is on the high road of a sensational comeback after a stunning knockout victory over Jack Sharkey, 24.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport aldermen studied plans for the city's sea wall project after Consulting Engineer William Romine said the plans are at the bid-calling stage. The proposed 17-foot wall of reinforced concrete will extend from Perry to Main streets.

1977 -- 25 years ago
World famous tennis pro Arthur Ashe will headline an exhibition match at Moline's Wharton Field House Oct. 12 to raise funds for the Moline Public Hospital Auxiliary. Joining Ashe will be fellow pro Tom Okker and two outstanding stars on the women's circuit, 1977 Wimbledon finalist Betty Stove and South Africa's Brigette Cuypers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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