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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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