Day in history for April 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island brass band gave a concert at the courthouse, a rare treat.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The city council is up in arms over the refusal of the Northern Packet line to pay the wharfage charges at the Rock Island steamboat dock.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company opened bids for construction of four miles of track in a loop serving the South Heights, Long View Park and Reservoir Park districts.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The crime wave reached a climax with two holdups and five burglaries in the Quad-Cities last night.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It isn't too difficult to find a missing tooth, particularly when it weighs 140 pounds. Such a tooth, taken from a rooting machine of the Valley Construction Company, 5th Ave. and 41st St., Rock Island, turned up yesterday at a Rock Island junk yard. Police were told three youths, ages 13, 14 and 16, had sold it for $1.60. The value of the tooth, according to the Valley firm, is $75.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 50,000-square-foot addition to Caterpillar Tractor Co's engine remanufacturing facility in Bettendorf has been announced. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, with completion by mid-1979. Used truck engines are remanufactured at the facility for resale through the company's parts distribution system. The existing 104,000-sq. ft. facility, which was opened in 1972, employs 195 people.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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