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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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