Day in history for April 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A base wretch was introduced to a lovely Rock Island girl of 16. He pressed her hand and said the recent sleighing had rendered her more lovely than ever. She blushed. Her parents then considered the matter settled, but the wretch has deserted the young lady.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.T. Kenworthy's 12 and one-half pound boy has been beaten by Major Beardsley's 13 pounder, born this morning.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Four Pekin ducks, supposedly stolen from Mrs. Julius Gehie, Rock Island, have appeared in the river. They went down the 24th St. storm drain at 9th Ave. and emerged after four days.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The county board of supervisors endorsed a proposed 2-cent state tax on each gallon of gasoline to provide money for paved highways.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Roy H. Hufford, Moline, has just finished her 167th rug, and this one covers all past records. Her newest, a 9-by-12 all-wool braided oval, took the Moline housewife two months to complete. ``It would have taken any normal person six years,'' declared her daughter, Mrs. Stanley Frederick of Port Byron.

1977 -- 25 years ago
``Get up, the train's coming into our house,'' Gerald Patz yelled as a railroad car landed in his yard. The train came no closer, however, as 26 cars spilled off the Burlington tracks and piled up near the elevator in downtown Hillsdale about 7:20 this morning. The cause of the derailment was undetermined.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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