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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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