Day in history for April 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Artificial noses and ears are now made of India rubber. Artificial hands are also made.

1877 -- 125 years ago
While the ferry is being repaired, the steamboat Keokuk of Quincy will take its place.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club plans an addition to its building to be used exclusively for bowling and billiards.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hauberg offered the city of Rock Island $2,500 with which to build public tennis courts in Reservoir Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police had their own flood problem early this morning when a prisoner flooded a cell and the greater part of the second floor of the police station by continuous flushing of a stopped-up toilet. The impromptu flood cost the prisoner, Ernest White, Davenport, $180.40 in police court. The amount represented a fine of $25 for intoxication and disturbing the peace, $5.40 court costs and $150 for damages to city property.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Governor James R. Thompson said today self-service gasoline stations will be legal in Illinois starting May 1. The governor said the move will save money both for motorists and the state. The state will benefit, he said, because drivers will no longer cross state lines to take advantage of lower prices at self-service stations in neighboring states. Thompson estimated this will yield between $4 million and $6 million in state gasoline taxes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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