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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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