Day in history for April 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Blakely family, a celebrated company of vocalists, gave a concert in the courthouse last night.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Three nobby young men took Johnny Weyerhaeuser's yacht down river, but didn't understand the workings of the blame thing. They had to foot it home and hire two men to go get the yacht at the mouth of the Rock River.

1902 -- 100 years ago
M. Kohn was elected president of B'nai Jacob congregation and Simon Lewis of the Beth Israel synagogue.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A hundred persons will attend a dinner to be given by Rock Island for the visiting legislators who come to inspect Watch Tower, which may be bought by Illinois and become a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
In observance of its 50th anniversary, the Milan Independent published a large golden anniversary edition and will hold open house at its offices in Milan. The public is invited to the open house by the publishers, Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Kendall.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Eileen Olson was late for work Tuesday night, but has no regrets, Carl Hedden is alive today and that's all that counts. Mrs. Olson, a Sherrard resident and nurse, was on her way to work when she spied Hedden, 36, of Fyre Lake, unconscious in a car that had spun into a ditch. After watching several cars race past on the highway, she ran to a nearby farmhouse where she called the Sherrard Volunteer Ambulance Service.

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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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