Day in history for July 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
An advertisement signed, ``John Deere,'' states: ``The subscriber, successor to Deere, Tate and Gould, is prepared to furnish those who may favor him with their orders, every variety of one and two horse plows, all sizes of breakers and a superior seed drill.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
The body of a man was found floating in the Mississippi River at the foot of Arsenal Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dr. A.T. Ekblad, Superior, Wis., was reelected president of the Augustana College board of directors.

1952 -- 50 years ago
One way to keep cool on a hot Fourth of July is to go for a boat ride on the Mississippi. Four Rock Island men, Tom Welch, Fletz Peters, Robert Bowman and Charlie Beckhart, received an unexpected plunge after their boat sank. Later, they were able to raise the craft and return to Rock Island safely.

1977 -- 25 years ago
``They say I did somebody some good,'' 16-year-old Scott Baer said after his heroics were credited with saving the life of his boss. The Peoria youth, on parole and living in a Rock Island group home, pulled Bernard N. Rossi away from a cable electrified by volts when a crane came in contact with power lines at the Indian Bluff Forest Preserve.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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