Day in history for May 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
By a private letter from one of the contractors of the Rock River railroad bridge, dated at Chicago, we learn that the tools, etc., to be used in the construction of that work are now on the way to this place.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Prices have been reduced at the Harper House. The rate of $2 to $3 a day includes all meals.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Lieutenant Lloyd H. Chandler, Rock Island, has been appointed commander of the Decatur, newest destroyer of the United States Navy.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A Moline man was fined $1,000 in county court today for possessing 500 bottles of home-brewed beer in his home.

1952 -- 50 years ago
In its present condition, the backstop for batting practice of the Augustana College baseball squad won't stop many balls. Police were told someone cut a 6x8-foot section from the backstop netting. Damage was placed at $15.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The ghosts of Indians long dead may yet rise to haunt Cambridge officials trying to build a new sewer plant. Trustees learned that the Camp Creek bluff site they picked for the new $1 million-plus plant may rest upon the camps and villages of Indians who roamed those hills early in the country's history. Margaret Brown, staff archeologist with the Illinois Department of Conservation, said that a survey of parts of the site must be conducted before plant work can proceed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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