Day in history for June 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Austin Corbin, Esq., takes the place of Mr. Wheeler in the editorial conduct of the Davenport Banner, Mr. Wheeler retiring because of continued ill health. Mr. Corbin is a high-minded gentleman and an able writer. (In later years Mr. Corbin became a millionaire and established Coney Island and other popular beaches of New York.)

1877 -- 125 years ago
Commencement exercises of Augustana College took place in the open air on the bluff just back of the college building. The program was conducted alternately in Swedish and English.

1902 -- 100 years ago
William Jennings Bryan, former Democratic nominee for president, was a house guest of E.W. Hurst in Rock Island. He was enroute from Aledo to Monticello, Iowa.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Miss Georgia T. First, Rock Island High School teacher, was injured in an auto collision near Geneseo.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A 16-year-old escapee from Mount Pleasant State Hospital was on his way back with a definite grudge against hitch-hiking. He made his only mistake in electing to thumb a ride from an autoist who happened to be a doctor, recognized the youth, and turned him over to Scott County authorities.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Because of the hot, dry, windy weather this spring, trees in the Quad-City area are beginning to show signs of leaf scorch. Injury is caused by water being lost by the leaves faster than it is replaced by the roots.

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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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