Day in history for June 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Last evening the Harper House was the headquarters of the delegates to the Druid State Lodge meeting, delegates arriving on all trains.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island branch of King's Daughters has raised $900 during the year with which it was proposed to establish a home for aged women.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Harry M. Giles is the first member of Rock Island's transfusion volunteers to give from his blood to save the life of a fellow being.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Otto S. Johnson is one Mercer County farmer who believes in meeting his livestock halfway. He starts in early, training the cows on his place to shake hands with him. A former Rock Island policeman and detective, Mr. Johnson moved to the farm two miles east of Cable in the spring of 1944. He was retired on disability after 20 years on the Rock Island police and detective forces. Johnson makes buddies out of the livestock on his 106-acre farm. Every animal on the place gets a name.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Clouds of dense black smoke rolled into Milan's central business area after a fire broke out in the Bullock Garages assembly building on East 3rd St., causing damage estimated at $15,000. The blaze started about 4 p.m. and destroyed a large quantity of roofing, shingles and redwood lumber. Three companies of the Black Hawk Fire Protection District responded to the alarm and had the fire under control within a half hour.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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