Day in history for April 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A city election has been called for May 22 on a proposal to increase Rock Island's purchase of shares in the Rock Island And Chicago railroad by $20,000 and to raise the rate of interest on bonds from 6 to 10 percent.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Geneseo House, operated by William Miller and sons, Ira and Burd, was destroyed by fire at midnight. The fire started in the kitchen.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Chicago newspapermen were guests of the Tri-City Press Club. The three meals of the day were served to the club and guests at the Harper House, the Rock Island Club, and Black Hawk Inn at Watch Tower Park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island chamber of commerce began collecting funds for relief of flood victims in the lower Mississippi Valley.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It could have happened to anyone. Unfortunately, however, the student bus driver who struck a parked truck on Grant Street, Bettendorf, turned out to be one of three women hired yesterday by Davenport City Lines, Inc.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Josephson's Jewelers of Moline, founded in 1881 by a Swedish immigrant, is mentioned in this month's national Jewelers Magazine as ``a giant in the retail jewelry business.'' The store recently completed a restoration program, using the original counters to form a horseshoe pattern in the selling area, much the way the store looked at the turn of the century.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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