Day in history for April 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Quite a number of teams and covered wagons have passed at this point on their way to California and gold. Large numbers are reported coming. All have high hopes and mighty poor-looking cattle with them.

1877 -- 125 years ago
With the opening of navigation, Rock Island was overrun with thieves and suspicious characters and people were keeping a sharp lookout around their premises at night.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Col. Frank T. Reud, state commander of the Sons of Veterans, appointed Capt. John Rinck of Rock Island as one of his aides-de-camp.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Hopes of obtaining favorable action by the appropriations committee of the Illinois Senate on the bill proposing the purchase of Black Hawk's Watch Tower for a state park were expressed today by members of the committee of Rock Island and Moline men who had audiences with the committee and Gov. Small in Springfield.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Richard R. ``Bud'' Smith, Rock Island, has been appointed editor of the Illio, yearbook of the University of Illinois, for next year. He was editor-in-chief of the 1949 annual at Rock Island High School.

1977 -- 25 years ago
R.D. ``Bud'' Brotman's bus has been drawing a lot of attention. Shipped from England, the bus is 13 feet high, 27 feet long, eight feet wide, seats 61 and cost about $8,000. Brotman has always wanted a double-decker, but doesn't know what he'll do with it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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