Day in history for June 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Methodist conference passed a resolution that it is not competent for an annual conference to censure members for joining secret societies.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Happy C. Wagner and his 18 minstrels drew a crowd to Dart's Hall last night.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A deal has been consummated by which Rock Island is to be the location of the Lancashire-Marshall Organ Company, which will move here from Moline.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Elizabeth Norton was elected president of the newly-formed auxiliary to the Rock Island Aerie of Eagles.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Flower is the name of the pet skunk owned by Sandra Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Huntoon, 1740 9th Ave., Moline. The skunk was sent to Sandra by her aunt, Mrs. Collin Miller of Beverly Hills, Calif. With it were a bunch of papers showing that it has passed numerous health tests and that it was harmless.

1977 -- 25 years ago
For as long as he can remember, Wayne Franzen yearned for the life of a circus star. Even as a six-year-old farm boy in Wisconsin, he spent his spare time pouring over encyclopedias in the school library, looking for pictures and stories of circus lore. Twenty years later, with college and six years of teaching high school industrial arts behind him, he started his own circus. The Franzen Bros. Circus unveils its panoply of performers at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. in Geneseo.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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