Day in history for July 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Ormsby of New York has executed a life-like engraving on steel of the next president, General Pierce. It is 20 by 28 inches and can be procurred at the low price of $2.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The mare of Lizzie Crockett, owned by Colonel Crockett, the well-known horseman of this county, is making exceptionally fast time on the harness racing circuits this season.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Commodore Charles McHugh's launch and houseboat left for a trip down river today, with his family and four guests aboard.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's municipal park system was appraised at $689,778.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Fifty inflated balloons, each containing a dollar bill, will be dropped from the third floor of the Farmers National Bank at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The event will be a new feature of the annual Geneseo Dollar Days, scheduled Friday and Saturday under the sponsorship of the retail committee of the chamber of commerce.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Coal Valley landmark will fall to the bulldozer. The Standard gas station, site of a blacksmith shop or gas station for more than a century, will be torn down by owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wolking to make room for a new station and store. The blacksmith shop was first opened at the site by Hugh Martin Sr., who came here from Ireland in 1868. His shop was at the rear of the building to be torn down.

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