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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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