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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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