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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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