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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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