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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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