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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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