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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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