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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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