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.

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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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