Day in history for April 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Young Whigs want their party to nominate an Army general, a national hero, for president in 1852. The young Whigs have only vague ideas what principles and policies their party should stand for.

1877 -- 125 years ago
New homes and business places are being built for Otto Gottsch, Peter Philebar, Alderman Peter Schlemmer, Henry Simmon, and Lawrence Kramer, foreman of the Argus press.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Concrete mountings are in place at three corners of the courthouse square. When cannons are placed on the mountings, the board of supervisors and the John Buford post of the Grand Army of the Republic will hold suitable ceremonies.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The highway commission has fixed the courses to be followed by Routes 84 and 85. The latter route places Alexis on a 2-mile spur.

1952 -- 50 years ago
President Truman announced he will make an inspection flight over the flood-ravaged Midwest tomorrow and then confer with the governors of seven states on disaster relief. He will fly over Chicago, Rock Island, the state of Wisconsin, the area around Sioux City, and the Omaha-Council Bluffs, region.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Earnest Ralph Beasley of London Mills, who is serving a 180-year prison sentence for the 1952 murder of Shirley S. Poston, a Moline service station operator, won the first round of a new court fight for retrial of his case.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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