Day in history for June 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We hear a hundred Pawnee Indians demanded pay to allow a train of emigrants to cross a bridge. The Indians were offered bread but demanded an ox, in addition. The emigrants therefore drew their guns and cleaned off the bridge, killing two or three and wounding others.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The fourth annual graduation exercises of Rock Island High School will be held in the Central Presbyterian Church. Music will be provided by Forey Folsom's string band.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines began to occupy the new passenger station at 5th Avenue and 31st Street in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A 30-acre tract bounded on two sides by 23rd Avenue and 17th Street has been chosen as the site for Rock Island's future million-dollar high school. Main building operations may not be started for several years, but a stadium may be built sooner.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A major theft was reported to Rock Island police. A prowler crept into the rear of the Fifth Avenue Cafe and lugged away two 100-pound sacks filled with those hard-to-get spuds. The cafe management had just alleviated a 4-day potato shortage with the purchase of the two sacks.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Nearly 600 persons have more than 20,300 parking tickets which they have not paid since 1975 in Rock Island and the city's police department announced it is launching a drive to collect the money.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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