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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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