Day in history for July 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Buffalo Courier states that Whigs of that city are betting that General Scott will not carry New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Attorney Oliver Olson left for St. Paul yesterday, expecting to be absent two weeks.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Illinois Iron Company of Rock Island was incorporated, with W.E. Lewis as president.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Renting of concession spaces for the first annual Rock Island County Agricultural Exposition at Watch Tower Park has started. The exposition will be held Sept. 1 and 2.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Moline police got a new kind of complaint yesterday. A west end resident said a neighbor's rooster starts crowing every morning at 3 o'clock and continues the serenade until about 5. After that silence reigns, but it's almost too late to sleep, he said, in asking police to ``put a stop to it.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
Glen McGowan of Moline has been married 25 years and says he's never had an argument with his wife. ``It's hard to believe, I know,'' says McGowan, manager of Bullock Garages, 2401 40th Ave., ``but it's true.'' McGowan doesn't have a detailed formula for marital success, only praise for his spouse, Connie, whom he terms ``a very special person.'' He considers her so special, in fact, that he has purchased a half-page advertisement to wish her a happy anniversary.

Back: Available days in July 2002

Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

(More History)