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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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