Day in history for April 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
``The Emigrants Guide'' by Daniel S. Curtis, published in New York, says: Rock Island, a city of 3,000 to 4,000 people, possesses importance and facilities superior to those of Davenport. The island which divides the two cities is a charming rural retreat, a place for delightful promenades. Rock Island is likely to become the second city of Illinois.

1877 -- 125 years ago
There are 124 students in Augustana College. Of that number, three are from Rock Island and 12 from Moline.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It being Sunday and Easter day, some fine music was heard in Rock Island churches.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Investments which might conceivably reach $1,000,000 in Rock Island, and a like amount in Moline, are proposed by the Central Steam Heat and Power Company of Madison, Wis., contingent upon permission being given by the two cities to install central steam heating plants.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Moline board of education received a recommendation that it begin immediately to plan for a new senior high school to accommodate the rising enrollments.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The owners of the Paradise Theater, 1717 5th Ave., Moline, have decided to turn down the glittering lights, strip the marquee of coming attractions and close the doors after nearly 50 years of continuous operation. The closing marks the end of a theater era for the Brotmans and the Quad-Cities area.

Back: Available days in April 2002



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


(More History)