Day in history for April 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
When the railroad is completed, people can travel from New York to Rock Island by train in 42 hours. If anybody had predicted a decade ago that enterprise and wealth would produce such a result, he would have been considered a fit tenant for the madhouse.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The old frame building on 18th Street, Rock Island, formerly occupied by the Sherman Saloon was moved on rollers to Flatiron Square to make room for the handsome brick addition to Odd Fellows Hall which Alvin Hull, owner of the building, will erect.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Savings Bank today reelected directors as follows: H.S. Cable, L. Simon, P.S. Greenawalt, John Volk, John Crubaugh, E.W. Hurst, Phil Mitchell, J.M. Buford and H.P. Hull.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island board of education promised residents of the southwest section of the city a new school as soon as funds are available.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island residents were warned not to dump leaves and grass into streets and expect the city street department to cart the debris away.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline will receive $1.4 million for the construction of a long-sought municipal swimming pool. The announcement by Congressman Tom Railsback, R-Moline, came as a complete surprise to East Moline and county officials, who have been considering the project since 1968 but haven't determined a site or design for the pool complex.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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