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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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