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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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