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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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