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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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