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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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