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: 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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