Day in history for June 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
John B. Jervis, president of the Rock Island And Chicago Railroad, and William B. Jervis, chief engineer, are in the city to locate the depot. The decision as to site has excited Rock Island for some time.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Mississippi is so low no logs can be floated out of the Wisconsin pineries. There are not enough logs on hand to run the sawmills here three weeks longer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island And Peoria Railroad met in the Harper House and voted to lease their road to the Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific Railway for 999 years. The transaction amounts practically to a sale.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Eleven firemen were injured in a series of explosions during a fire which early today wrecked the interior of the Eli Mosenfelder building, 1706-10 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, and caused a loss of $140,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police issued a warning to both children and adults against shooting birds. The Rock Island Humane Society had received numerous complaints of birds being killed with slingshots and air rifles.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sean Carper is only 11, but he's big enough to fight city hall. Plans by the city of Rock Island to develop a landfill near Ridgewood School and Candlelight Park subdivision, on the south edge of Milan, have gotten Sean's dander up. The landfill, he says, would destroy his frog pond.

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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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