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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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