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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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