Day in history for April 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Forty-one fugitive slaves reached New York and were sent on to Canada by abolitionists. Maryland and Virginia papers have many ads for the return of runaway slaves, fully as many such ads as before the stringent fugitive slave law was passed.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel Crockett of Long View Farm has returned from a great cattle sale at West Liberty, Iowa, which was attended by 500 people.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Argus today published a 56-page paper, the largest edition ever printed in Rock Island by any newspaper. This jubilee issue has been in preparation since the Argus reached its 50th Anniversary last Oct. 18.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Walter A. Rosenfield of Rock Island appeared before a joint committee of the Illinois legislature in Springfield to urge creation of a state police force.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Moline Dispatch paid $1,500 to the secret witness who furnished the clue which brought about the arrest and conviction of Ernest Beasley as the killer of Shirley Poston of Moline and Donald Hocker of Colona on Feb. 23. The witness also received $500 from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gailliaert of Colona, who said they were satisfied Beasley was responsible for both deaths.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Average gasoline prices have reached record highs, with premium and unleaded gasoline nearly 80 cents a gallon, according to the Chicago Motor Club.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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