Day in history for January 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
William E. Cropper is advertising the ferry privilege between Muscatine and the Illinois side of the Mississippi for sale. The charter was granted him by the Illinois legislature in 1848.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Light Artillery Company of Rock Island elected Major James M. Beardsley as its captain.

1902 -- 100 years ago
W.F. Ruge sold a pearl for $125 in Davenport. He had found the pearl in a clam which he took from the Wapsie River in eastern Iowa.

1927 -- 75 years ago
I.S. White was elected president of the State Bank of Rock Island after Phil Mitchell, connected with the bank for 65 years, retired.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The city of Bettendorf is sitting on a tunnel as mysterious in its exact location as the slave trade that apparently caused its construction. Only the origin or destination of the tunnel has been definitely determined. That is in the basement of the 90-year-old building now used as classrooms by students at Our Lady of Lourdes School.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A downtown Moline restaurant jacked the price of a cup of coffee to 35 cents, and other cafe operators said that while they were still holding to the 25-cent cup, it may not last long. The hike to 35 cents occurred at Adolph's Taco House, but operators say with the price of coffee edging near $3 per pound, the hike will likely soon spread.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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