Day in history for July 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A severe hailstorm passed over a portion of this county entirely destroying the growing crops. It crossed the river between Port Byron and Cordova and extended its ravages some distance into Iowa.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Robert Ross and the Reiling steamboats came up the river this morning, the former with a raft of logs for the Keator And Co. sawmills.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.R. Johnson is the new ticket agent of the Acme Steamboat Line, succeeding Captain George Lamont.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island is making plans for the entertainment of 500 persons at the convention of the Illinois Association of Master Painters and Decorators.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Hillsdale Post Office was moved from the old bank building, where it had been located since 1933, to a newly remodeled section of the John L. Johnson building on Main Street. In 1933 the post office was moved from Maud Mill's building across the tracks to the bank building. Mrs. William Buckley was postmaster at the time. Howard Feaster, present postmaster, started work the following year.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Some 1135 union workers at J.I. Case plants in Rock Island and Bettendorf went on strike after negotiations over a new three-year contract stalled. The union is seeking wages similar to those paid Deere And Co. workers. The average hourly wage paid Case workers is $8.35 while the average pay for Deere workers is $9.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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