Day in history for April 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary will open its summer term May 5 and continue 11 weeks. Professor A. Briggs heads the college department, Miss H. Louise Briggs the rest of the school, and Rhoda Briggs, primary. J.W. Denison is owner.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Diamond Jo passed down river, leaving six carloads of wheat and two of oil for the Rock Island And St. Louis railroad. The steamer Belle of LaCrosse, passed up, well loaded.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Boats arriving today were the Lydia VanSant, R.D. Kendall, Hennepin, J.W. VanSant, E. Rutledge, Winona, and Helen Blair.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The fourth annual Argus-Y.M.C.A. marbles tournament will open Monday.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The current Quad-City heat wave, sending temperatures to midsummer normals, tied the April 28 record of 87 degrees yesterday and was heading toward a new all-time April peak today. The forecast calls for continued fair skies and temperatures in the 90s tomorrow.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline man escaped injury Friday night when an unknown assailant threw part of a street light through the windshield of his moving car. Police say Duane R. McDowell, 587 30th Ave., was traveling north on 7th Street near 18th Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when a street light globe smashed through his windshield.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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