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: 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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