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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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