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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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