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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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