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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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