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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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