Day in history for April 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Strangers think Rock Island is a most enterprising city, but visitors notice our peculiar lack of permanent society, one which is cultivated and refined. We are so busy with our speculations and percentages, we have no time for good society and no evidences of culture except a book store and a course of lectures.

1877 -- 125 years ago
An entertainment sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church guild netted $120 for the new organ fund.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. James A. Bingaman was installed as pastor of McKinley Chapel.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Robert P. Galbraith was elected mayor of Moline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A group of boys, who used the roof of Alexander Hamilton School on South 7th Street as a baseball diamond, were routed last night by Moline police. Neighbors advised police the boys were on the roof and when officers arrived they found them busily engaged in a baseball game.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The flashing lights and clanging bells of pinball machines may soon be heard in Rock Island County taverns. The county board will consider a resolution amending the liquor control ordinance to permit the pins to be installed in taverns and other business places in unincorporated areas of the county. Rock Island, Moline and East Moline already permit the machines in taverns and amusement establishments and there is little reason to forbid them in taverns controlled by the county's ordinance.

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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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