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: 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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