Day in history for April 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Looking in at Fergus, Buford And Co.'s Foundry, we noticed a new addition to this already extensive establishment in the shape of an iron planing machine, to be used for planing the largest castings to the proper size and finish.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The glassmakers held a largely attended ball at Hillier's Hall last night.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island Library voted to install an automatic temperature regulating system. Work on the library building is to be pushed.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Illinois highway commission was urged to pave Route 84 from Taylor Ridge to the Muscatine bridge.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A walkout of 32 men in the structural department of the Bear Manufacturing Company, Rock Island, occurred at 11 o'clock this morning. L.B. Arp, general manager, said the employees gave no explanation at the time of leaving. Carroll Wright, Davenport, president of Local 822, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, the bargaining agent for Bear employees since its certification last Dec. 18, said the stoppage developed suddenly, apparently as a result of dissatisfaction with slowness of contract negotiations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Three bags of mail fell from a U.S. Postal Service truck at 13th St. and 7th Ave., East Moline. A citizen called police to pick up the three bags. When last seen, the mail truck was headed down the street, doors swinging wide.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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