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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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