Day in history for April 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in congress to establish a federal agriculture bureau. Such a bureau, to advise farmers, would require four employees and would cost $16,000 a year to operate.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Residents of Milan appointed William Kerr, Jacob Frysinger and Benjamin Goble to raise money for lawyers who would attempt to get damages paid to owners of property flooded by the south branch of Rock River.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Four teams of the Three-I League favor allowing M.H. Sexton of Rock Island to accept the presidency of the Western Baseball League, while he continues to serve as head of the Three-I.

1927 -- 75 years ago
While staging his fourth hold-up of a street car within two weeks, a bandit fired a bullet at motorman Fred A. Cordell of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The first major surgery to be performed in the new addition of St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport, took place yesterday when Clarence West of Davenport underwent an appendectomy.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than a billion tons of coal lying beneath Henry County's rich farm land probably will remain there for decades to come, despite the growing emphasis on coal as a cure for the nation's energy ills. Agriculture leaders, mining officials and geologists agree that the quality of the coal is too poor and the seams too thin and scattered to jusify tearing up $4,000-an-acre soil.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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