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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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