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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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