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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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