Day in history for April 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our city is filling up. Our streets have quite an animated appearance. We notice several new stores opening and our dealers generally have received ample stocks of spring goods.

1877 -- 125 years ago
R.R. Cable, purchaser of the Peoria And Rock Island railroad, has leased the new building at Front and 17th St. for the company's offices. Headquarters will be moved there from Peoria.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Captain Washington Hight has retired after 52 years as a Mississippi River pilot.

1927 -- 75 years ago
An escaped convict was identified as the bandit who had held up four street cars and a Moline hotel.

1952 -- 50 years ago
City workmen today cautiously inched about the top of the tower in Davenport's city hall recementing a 75-pound stone which began tottering dangerously yesterday afternoon. Discovered by an unidentified, alert citizen, temporary measures were taken yesterday by anchoring the stone with a rope.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Workers at Montgomery Elevator's Moline escalator plant walked off their jobs after rejecting a last-minute contract offer by management. Employees at Montgomery's Moline accessory plant, however, voted to accept the contract package, which includes provisions for a six percent wage hike and increased cost-of-living allowances. The escalator employees are seeking a 10 percent salary hike and therefore, refused to accept the six percent offer.

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