Rock Island honors the 'Hot Dog Lady'

Originally Posted Online: Oct. 08, 2012, 6:32 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 08, 2012, 9:07 pm
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Still clutching her proclamation certificate Joan Hill hugs her friend, Carl McClaskey, in The District in Rock Island on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, as Joan Hill, the “Hot Dog Lady,” day in honor of Ms. Hill's 20 years serving lunch to thousands from her hot dog cart.

Friday will be Ms. Hill's final day serving lunch in The District before she retires from the job.


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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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