Day in history for July 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Masonic Order of Knights Templar, in their peculiar regalia of black and silver, received the remains of Henry Clay at Cincinnati. Mr. Clay was, we believe, a templar.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Herman Dietzel, 36, was found dead in his room at the Union Hotel. He was an Army surgeon during the Civil War and had lived in Rock Island the last six years.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The body of Roscoe Morton, who was drowned in the Mississippi, was recovered last evening after it had been in the water 24 hours. A coroner's jury censured the crew of the steamboat C.W. Cowles for not having tried to save the boy's life, since life preservers were within reach.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Filling stations were jammed with autos as motorists filled their tanks before the state tax of 2 cents a gallon goes into effect at midnight. Illinois is one of the last states to impose a gas tax.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Argus was one of the first newspapers in the nation to predict this week from the Democratic national convention in Chicago that Governor Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois would accept a draft for the presidential nomination.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mitchell Park, East Moline, has been given two pieces of equipment for its winning display in the Home Energy Savings Program contest. Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company is providing the prizes for the playground contest.

Back: Available days in July 2002



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




(More History)