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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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