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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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