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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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