Day in history for April 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport city council has called a public election for May 20 to decide whether Davenport shall increase its purchase of shares in the Rock Island and Chicago railroad to $30,000.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John H. Swartout of Chicago is visiting Rock Island and has met several people whom he knew 35 years ago. He and his brother, Nelson Swartout, opened a wagon shop in this town in 1839 on the ground where Dart's old warehouse store now stands.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Republicans of the 33rd district assembled in convention and nominated L.S. McCabe for state senator and L.M. Magill and C.A. Samuelson for state representatives. H.A. Ainsworth of Moline was chairman.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A band concert each evening next week in the Fort Armstrong Hotel will mark Rock Island's observance of national music week.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because Davenport central station firemen had always bought ice cream at her store to celebrate a birthday, Lillian Hagge, who operates the Rainbow Ice Cream Store, 1323 W. 4th St., reciprocated on her birthday anniversary. Each shift of firemen was delegated to pick up free ice cream at the store.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City planners say the need has never been greater, but that it will probably be at least 10 years before officials take any positive action toward construction of another Mississippi River bridge linking Rock Island and Davenport.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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