Day in history for April 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A mob at Dixon lynched a man after applying a dressing of tar and feathers. The man had been beating his wife.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jim Hardin, engineer at the Rock Island waterworks, secured a pair of deer horns which he will put on the top of the waterworks building fronting the river.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A movement was on foot among young men in the eastern part of Rock Island to purchase a home for club purposes.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Only one man a week can be enlisted at the Navy recruiting office in Rock Island. The Navy is taking only four a week from the entire state of Illinois for apprentice seamen.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City residents were treated to the spectacle of a really low-flying airplane as they watched one navigate the streets between west Davenport and Milan. Gene Brenner, Milan, bought the plane, an old Fairchild trainer low-wing monoplane, with the idea of dismantling it. He couldn't fly it from its pasture near Mahoney's race track west of Davenport, so he snipped off its wings and began pulling it behind a wrecker.

1977 -- 25 years ago
There's a professional lock picker working at the Rock Island Arsenal. But don't worry, the security of the nation isn't threatened by his presence, he is an employee of the military post. Kline Wartman maintains all the locks on Arsenal Island, and as a courtesy frequently opens cars which contain the keys.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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