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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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