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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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