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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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