Day in history for April 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Robert Malcolm And Co. have bought the livery horses and carriages of D.S. Robinson and will run a hack three times a day between Moline and Rock Island. The firm asks its fair share of the patronage.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.R. Sickels, assistant engineer at the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann sawmill, had his hand badly mashed today between a running wheel and a piece of timber at the mill.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Hiram S. Cable left today for Topeka, Kansas, to assume charge of the Rock Island Lines west of the Missouri River.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Twenty state senators and representatives walked the trails of Watch Tower Park today. The legislators said they were impressed and would recommend making the historic grounds into a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
With the Mississippi River apparently settling for an 18.63 crest, reached yesterday, Rock Island city officials today began totaling up expenses for emergency flood protection and estimated more than $10,000 may be needed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
James Willis only had an instant to decide, but he thought he did the right thing last week when he leveled a shotgun blast at a dog threatening an 8-year-old paper boy. Willis told the Coal Valley board's police committee he felt it was the only thing he could do to protect Jeff Pfab, a carrier for The Daily Dispatch, from being attacked by a German Shepherd dog.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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