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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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