Day in history for July 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island is becoming known as a summer resort, many people are coming here from St. Louis and elsewhere to avoid the heat. Living is cheap here. Boarding at the hotels can be had for $2 to $5 a week. The steamboat cabin fare from St. Louis is only $4.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Misses Charlotte, Lucy and Blanche Buford have returned from their tour of Europe.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council agreed not to buy the old Rodman Rifles Armory for use as a city hall unless there is a two-thirds vote in favor of the purchase.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Major B.C. Dunn will conduct the Fulton bridge toll rate hearing in the Federal Building July 10.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Prosper VanMeulebrock of Moline's crusading VanMeulebrock family delivered an ultimatum to motorists allegedly speeding in front of her residence at 4507 5th Ave. She declares she'll give motorists just two days to heed homemade speeding signs she intends to replace on the avenue. ``After two days are up, I'll carry a two-by-four and if they don't stop I'll smash it on their cars.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
The prospect of a $10,000-per-day pollution fine for Moline, East Moline, Geneseo and the Quad-Cities Nuclear Plant dimmed as Environmental Protection Agency officials said there is ``little chance'' the penalty will be levied. According to EPA officials, the violators' list was released prematurely.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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