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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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