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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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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