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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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