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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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