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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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