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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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