Day in history for June 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We acknowledge the receipt of a magnificent bouquet of flowers from our attentive friend Kinney. Some 20 varieties of the fragrant roses comprised this beautiful collection.

1902 -- 100 years ago
At a mass meeting, Rock Island's 15th Street property owners declared themselves in favor of asphalt as paving material.

1927 -- 75 years ago
William A. Smith of Rock Island was elected treasurer of the Illinois Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An invading army of worms is causing worry for residents in the 1000 and 1100 blocks on 44th Street, Rock Island. The small, whitish worms have appeared within the past week on the terraces along the west side of the street. Ranging in length from one to two inches, they seem to like the shady dampness of the hillside.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An enterprising community project has literally gotten Annawan rolle bolle players off the streets. The new courts are located along U.S. 6 and can accommodate as many as 16 teams at one time. The fire district furnished the land and fill dirt, and the 60-plus members of the two Annawan rolle bolle clubs and other volunteers pitched in to create the courts in time for the June 5 Annawan Fun Day.

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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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