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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