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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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