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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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