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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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