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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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