Day in history for July 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
``Many times have we shaken hands with Black Hawk here in Oquawka,'' states an article reprinted from the Oquawka Spectator. The article states the belief that Black Hawk's losing struggle to maintain the dignity of his people in the midst of civilization and whisky caused him to die of a broken spirit.

1877 -- 125 years ago
George H. Lorimer of Crampton's Book Store has gone to Hot Springs, Ark., for the benefit of his health.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. W.S. Marquis cabled friends that they sailed from Liverpool yesterday for the United States. They are returning from a tour of the Holy Land.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Resurfacing operations on 7th Ave. from 30th to 34th St., Rock Island, were begun this morning by workmen.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A new solution to Davenport's swimming pool problem has been put forward. Lou Wunschel, physical education director of Frank L. Smart intermediate school, has suggested that a number of swimming pools be built at the city's grade schools and tied in with the physical education programs.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company has installed a solar water heating system at its Rock Island Service Building, 5th Ave. and 27th St. The system, costing $5,700, is a first for the utility. It's designed to provide all the hot water required at the Service Building on a hot sunny summer day.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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