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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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