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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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