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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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