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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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