Day in history for June 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has voted to give the Chicago and Rock Island railroad the right of way through any of the public avenues and the use of any unoccupied grounds it needs.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A selected nine from Rock Island defeated Davenport High School's baseball team, 13 to 6.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Diamond Jo line of boats again will stop at Rock Island. Because of a fight with the city council, the packets have refused to dock here for three years.

1927 -- 75 years ago
More than fifty Rock Island County youths have been invited to be guests at the pow-wow to be held at the Moline Elks Club.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A bit of name-calling relating to one's rightful place in the animal kingdom culminated when Alvin Sharpless, Davenport, was tossed in the pokey. John Petruccelli, proprietor of the Bay State Shoe Repair Shop, testified in police court that Sharpless called him names and threatened to start a fight. Sharpless, charged with intoxication, explained: ``He called me a pig. I left the shop and got to thinking about that and went back and called him a dog.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
The General Edgerton, a new Mississippi River survey boat, was christened by the daughter of Major General Glen E. Edgerton who served as Rock Island District Engineer from 1930-33. Mrs. James N. Rothschild of Utica, N.Y. broke the champagne over the bow of the boat.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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