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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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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