Day in history for June 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island county jail is now empty. Any person in want of lodging can be accommodated by applying to the proprietor, G. Bollman, Esq.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Bidding 18 cents per prescription, Druggist John Bengston has been awarded a contract by Supervisor Aster to furnish medicine to the poor.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Home and Flowers magazine of Springfield, Ohio, praised Rock Island's Spencer Square as one of the most beautiful downtown parks in the nation.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Illinois Medical Society, convening in Moline, opposed action by congress which would limit the amount of liquor physicians could prescribe for medical purposes.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Eighty Bald-Headed Eagles, the men who comb their hair with a washcloth, launched plans today for their first organizational meeting on June 15 in Davenport. The comb-scorning men, all of whom are members of the Davenport Eagles Lodge, have banded together to form an organization of men boasting bald pates.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The low level of the Mississippi River plus algae in the water is making Moline water brackish-tasting, city water department officials say. The water, despite the bad taste and smell, doesn't pose a danger to health and is safe to drink. Meanwhile, the city is treating the water with activated charcoal to try to eliminate the bad taste.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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