Day in history for May 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A man on horseback offered Mr. Willetts $10 to ferry him across the Mississippi at New Boston. When Willetts refused because of high wind, the man put up his horse in the stable of the hotel and lodged in the Willett home. He disappeared during the night, leaving his horse. It is believed that he departed on the steamer Lamartine and got off at Muscatine.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Athletic Club has appointed a committee to consider organizing a Rock Island Boat Club. Robert Willerton has bought a fine sailboat and named it the Dauntless.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Burglars entered the home of D. Roy Bowlby in daytime and took Mrs. Bowlby's watch and other jewelry worth $20.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council refused to confirm three appointments of the new mayor Chester C. Thompson.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Sparks from a bonfire nearly caused serious damage to the Davenport Public Museum last night. Firemen said sparks from a nearby bonfire apparently were blown to the roof of the museum and ignited some tarred insulation boards.

1977 -- 25 years ago
LeClaire Hotel officials today said the lobby newsstand, a fixture since the structure opened in 1922, will close permanently on Thursday. Mary Guerrero, stand operator for 18 years, said it's often the only link the older folks (permanent hotel guests) have with the outside world.

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