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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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