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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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