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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