Day in history for July 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A committee has chosen William Brackett, Esq., to deliver the eulogy on Henry Clay, the late deceased statesman, with J.J. Beardsley, Esq., president of the day. The memorial program will be held in the Rock Island County courthouse July 14.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Bob Solomon, engineer on the Rock Island-Davenport ferry, was astonished at becoming the father of twins today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The body of an unidentified man, weighted by two stones, was found on the Mississippi River's floor at Port Byron.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. C.V. Golden of Cordova was elected president of the Rock Island County Home Bureau.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The shortage of steel has now reached a point where at least some of the John Deere factories in Moline and East Moline will be forced to curtail production. It is impossible at this time to predict how long this situation will last, for even when the steel strike is ended, there will be a delay in securing enough steel to resume normal production.

1977 -- 25 years ago
While an atomic power plant may operate about 40 years, it may take up to 500,000 years for the radioactivity of some of its abandoned parts to die down to acceptable levels. Now a coalition of consumer and environmental groups wants to force utility companies to pay in advance for decommissioning the radioactive reactors, instead of placing the burden on future generations.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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