Day in history for June 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
City of Rock Island railroad bonds have been negotiated in New York to the amount of $50,000 at the rate of 2.5 percent premium.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The 4-oared Minnehaha won a boat race over a course from Sylvan water bridge to the Rock Island roundhouse in 11:08. After the race, Ben Harper served a lunch to the oarsmen.

1902 -- 100 years ago
An advance in pay for members of the police, health and waterworks departments was voted by the Rock Island City Council.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Brandelle of Rock Island was re-elected president of the Augustana Lutheran synod for a 4-year term at the 68th convention of the synod in Omaha.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's fire defenses operated at high efficiency during the past year. The damage caused by fire in Rock Island in 1951 amounted to $114,448. On a population basis, this property loss represented $2.35 per capita and was well below the average reported for all the United States' cities, $3.32 per capita.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will christen its new survey boat, the General Edgerton, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lock and Dam No. 15 at the west end of the Arsenal. The ceremony will mark the 202nd anniversary of the Corps. The craft is named for Major General Glen E. Edgerton, who served as the Rock Island District Engineer from 1930 until 1933.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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