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 store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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