Day in history for April 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Iowa Grand Division of Sons of Temperance met in Davenport today and the state temperance convention will be held there tomorrow. If the plan for prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquor could be kept out of politics, we would be disposed to give the prohibition experiment a fair trial.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The 16th Street sewer near the river in Rock Island caved in this forenoon when a dray was passing over it.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Many lives were lost when the steamer City of Pittsburgh burned today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Chester C. Thompson was elected mayor of Rock Island, defeating William R. Carse, 5,525 to 5,060. Thompson is the first Democrat to be elected to the office in 30 years.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Forty-eight toes among two 7-month-old kittens is quite a number. Each of the kittens, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sigsworth, 605 20th Ave., Rock Island, has seven claws on each front foot and five on each back foot.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A county-by-county study of Illinois farm land shows ownership of the most fertile areas is increasingly concentrated among established, well-to-do farmers, making it nearly impossible for young people to enter the field. ``We are getting young farmers back,'' noted Dr. Franklin J. Reiss, University of Illinois agricultural economist. ``But they're coming back as tenants.''

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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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