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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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