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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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