Day in history for July 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A report from the troops and trains en route to Mexico and Santa Fe states that the troops under Major Stein had arrived at Fort Atkinson, about halfway to Santa Fe. Up to that point 20 men out of the 183 with him had died of cholera.

1877 -- 125 years ago
At Moline's Fourth of July celebration the battle of Yorktown was reproduced in fireworks. Rock Island Methodists held a picnic at Offerman's (Credit) Island. St. Patrick's Benevolent Society assembled at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and held a street parade.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Fourth of July was very quietly observed. There were no public ceremonies in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
East Moline celebrated the Fourth of July and the changing of the name of the Watertown State Hospital to the East Moline State Hospital with the largest parade in its history.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An Ozark Airlines plane circled the Quad-City Airport for more than an hour while the pilot and co-pilot worked on what they believed was an unlocked landing gear and then came in on a perfect landing.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Anyone can do it, says the gentleman who plays chess with 24 opponents at once, and wins. International Chess Master Bill Martz plays all challengers, moving rapidly from one game to another, making his moves in five to ten seconds. Martz is exhibiting his skills and challenging all comers at SouthPark Mall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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