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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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