Day in history for June 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Since the Keokuk packets extended their runs as far as Rock Island and on up to Galena, other steamboats have knocked down their prices. In fact, the old boats will take a passenger for nothing rather than let the new line have any business. Cabin passengers from St. Louis to Galena are being accepted for $1, or even six bits.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The hand-organ man has returned to our streets, playing the same old tune.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Lee D. Hopkins, popular Rock Island baseball player, married Miss Emma E. Schafer.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Major B.C. Dunn, officer in charge of the Rock Island district of the United States engineers, was ordered to duty at Washington, D.C.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Thirty-one persons were arrested in Rock Island County yesterday for speeding. Speeders are being arrested and convicted. The Rock Island County Safety Commission urges you to know the speed limits and obey them. Driving is a privilege, abuse it and lose it!

1977 -- 25 years ago
Richard Holdsworth wouldn't have known a tee from a bogey four years ago when he began building a golf course. After flooding and frost ruined his 1974 crops, he decided to get out of farming. He figured his rolling land, with three ponds, winding creek and large trees would make a perfect golf course. He opened the course on his farm three miles northwest of Rio last summer with six par-three holes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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