Day in history for April 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A writer in the New York Courier and Enquirer recalls that when he was a soldier in the Black Hawk War in 1832 he walked from Chicago to Rock Island in 10 days through deep snowdrifts and over black prairies. Now he understands that there are ``millions of inhabitants'' in the Chicago-Rock Island region.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rinnah Wells of Andalusia, who settled here when Chief Black Hawk and his Indians claimed the land which is now Rock Island, has been stricken with paralysis. He is a newly-elected member of the county board of supervisors.

1902 -- 100 years ago
O.L. Anderson, who moved to Arizona six months ago, is back in Rock Island visiting friends.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Nearly every state has invited President Coolidge to spend his vacation there. Among the invitations sent him was one from the Men's Community Bible Class of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Eight or nine 23rd Avenue property owners, who have so far resisted pleas to contribute strips of their lots for right-of-way purposes, are the key to whether Moline's proposed $500,000 improvement and widening program will go through this summer or be dropped permanently.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Grass fires fanned by 40-mile-per-hour winds burned out of control in parts of Rock Island and Davenport today, prompting a ban on open fires in both cities. The fires threatened several homes, but no building damage or injuries were reported.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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