Day in history for April 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi River bank is full at this point, and the water still is rising slowly.

1877 -- 125 years ago
There is no Sunday night train east over the Chicago And Rock Island, but one can take a sleeper here on the Western Union Road to Milwaukee and Racine and be in Chicago Monday morning. This is a point worth remembering.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Order of Eastern Star will observe its eighth anniversary tomorrow night.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A Chicago firm received a $2,850 contract to zone Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The ground breaking ceremony for the $450,000 chapel building at St. Ambrose College in Davenport was held this afternoon on the building site located at center campus, east of Lewis Hall. The Most Rev. Ralph L. Hayes, bishop of Davenport, removed the first spade of earth.

1977 -- 25 years ago
On April 24 Staack's Florist in Moline will mark its 100th year with open house from 1:30 to 5 p.m. John Staack, great grandson of founder Julius Berthold Johann Staack, will be celebrating with refreshments and door prizes. Julius Staack came to America on Nov. 10, 1867, from Holstein, Germany. His interest in flowers led him to build the first greenhouse in Rock Island County for William Nourse at 1619 11th Ave., now the home of the Moline Board of Education, Allendale.

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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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