Day in history for May 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island voted almost unanimously to give more support to the Rock Island And Chicago Railroad, now being built. Only two votes were cast against increasing the interest rate to be paid by the town on its railway debts, and only two voted against buying more railroad bonds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The amount of lumber sawed yesterday at the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann Mill would fill over thirty carloads.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Motormen and conductors of the Tri-City Railway Company are asking an increase in pay from $53 to $60 a month.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A Tri-City meeting for a United Palestine was held in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman said today that County Investigator August F. Engels will continue his job and is not 100 percent to blame for a dispute over the extent of narcotics traffic in the county. Muhleman said Engels had some grounds for statements he made in speeches that the county narcotics traffic is considerable.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 22-year-old student pilot whose plane crashed near the Quad City Airport walked away with minor injuries. Paula Kessler, of Marion, Iowa, was treated at Moline Public Hospital for a bruise on her forehead. The crash occurred after Kessler notified airport tower workers she was running out of gas. She attempted to glide back to the landing strips but came down about one-half mile away in a field.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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