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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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