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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