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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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