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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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