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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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