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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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