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: 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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