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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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