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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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