Day in history for May 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
In a fray on the Knoxville Road a club and a knife were used. A Mr. Gullett was quite seriously and fatally wounded by a Mr. Robinson. There seems to have been a dispute between the two men.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles W. Durham and David Tipton of the U.S. Engineers left for the mouth of the Illinois River to see if there are snags or other obstructions to navigation in the Mississippi between here and there.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Theodore Spiering's Chicago Symphony Orchestra was the attraction at the Illinois Theater, Rock Island, last evening.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The cornerstone of the new women's dormitory of Augustana College will be laid tomorrow.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport's Police Magistrate John J. McSwiggin has called a halt to teenage drivers appealing to their parents to pay speeding fines for them. Instead of the usual fine, Judge McSwiggin is suspending driving privileges for 30 days, and if the order is violated, sentencing five days in jail.

1977 -- 25 years ago
For the first time in the history of East Moline, a local grocery store will be allowed to sell beer, wine and whiskey, thanks to a city council decision. Aldermen approved the transfer of a liquor license from the Payton Place Tavern, 1102 15th Ave., to the Convenient Food Mart, 637 17th Ave. East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs says Convenient purchased the license for around $7,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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