Day in history for April 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A hotel being built in New York, the Metropolitan, will be six stories high and will cost half a million dollars. Each room will have hot and cold running water and gas light.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Lines today paid the county treasurer $5,866.88 in taxes.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Honorable Ben T. Cable arrived home from New York today. He was scheduled to leave shortly for Washington and to announce his decision as to whether he would accept the chairmanship of the national Democratic congressional association.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The new fence around Douglas Park, home of the Islanders, soon will be finished. Workmen have started nailing the board uprights and rapid progress is being made.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police have a collection of 20 windshield wipers, which may be claimed by residents of the Victory Homes housing project, 9th Street and 31st Avenue. Police were informed that practically all autos parked in the housing addition had been stripped of wipers. The stolen wipers had been tossed on a porch at 3145 9th St.

1977 -- 25 years ago
With the completion of the children's library in the basement of Morrison's Odell Public Library, youngsters have a bright new spot to explore the world of books. With red, white and yellow cubed bookshelves, small tables and chairs, and brightly striped carpeting, the formerly drab basement is hardly recognizable.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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