Day in history for July 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A $300,000 fire broke out in Boston, destroying about 50 buildings and rendering 200 families homeless.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus issued an extra to announce the virtual end of railroad strikes which had stopped trains all over the country. Trains were running again on the Rock Island Lines.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island's fast mail arrived 40 minutes late today on account of a hot box and a collision with a handcar at Colona.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Two diamond-back rattlesnakes, usually found only in desert sections of the southwest, were seen near Edgington this morning by C.H. Williams, Milan, and Fay Bopes, Edgington.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A rattlesnake was killed near Loud Thunder forest preserve by William Cliff, 40, of Rock Island. After passing the object, Cliff realized it was a snake. He drove back and over the snake, and then smashed it with a spade. Cliff said the snake struck viciously at his car tire and the spade. He said the snake was four feet, two inches long and had 15 rattles.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Opponents to the proposed location of a municipal sanitary landfill on an 80-acre tract near the Ridgewood School property in southwest Rock Island are concentrating on raising funds for a legal battle and on an effort to get the county Board of Supervisors to recognize the need for a county-wide solution to the refuse disposal problem.

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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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