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.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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