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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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