Day in history for May 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island man sent away for a box of cigars. By the time he had smoked half of them, he suspected that they contained something besides tobacco. He opened one of the cigars and put the filling in dirt in a flower pot. He says the result was cabbage buds, from which he has grown a fine head of cabbage.

1877 -- 125 years ago
At the sawmill of Keator And Co. the rotary saw run by Michael Brennan struck the iron dog which holds the logs in position and 16 teeth were soon flying in all directions. One went through a window and imbedded itself in the harness of a mule standing on the river bank.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The George White Buggy Company announced its decision not to move from Rock Island but to remain and erect a new factory building.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mayor C.C. Thompson said plans of Moline and East Moline bootleggers to start operations in Rock Island will be promptly blocked.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Someone is going to have the best dressed neck in Moline. The management of Block and Kuhl store reported to police that a 54-pound package containing $425 worth of neckties was stolen from a shipping platform at the rear of the store.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs, on behalf of the city's Mental Health Association, has protested to Gov. James Thompson over the transfer of antique furniture from the East Moline State Hospital to a state museum in Springfield.

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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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