Day in history for April 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The proposed North-Western Theological seminary will be located either at Galena or Rock Island, Presbyterians of this region decided at a presbytery in Rock Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. S.S. Hunting preached in Hillier's Hall on ``The Ideals and Practical Workings of a Liberal Church.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
An ordinance chartering an electric railway connecting Rock Island and Aledo was sprung upon the city council. F.H. Caldwell, president of the Milan village board, was present to speak in favor of the proposed interurban railway.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A demonstration of a television process took place today. President Herbert Hoover, speaking in Washington, was seen and heard in New York. W.S. Gifford, president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, said, ``In due time, television will add substantially to human comfort and happiness. What its practical use may be, I shall leave to your imagination.''

1952 -- 50 years ago
Long-distance calls from Rock Island were sharply curtailed today when telephone operators refused to cross the picket lines thrown up by Western Electric Company strikers.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Owners of two lower Rock Island County farms, disappointed at bids generally under $1,000 per acre, refused to sell the land after public auctions Saturday. The low bids offered could signal a slowdown in the spiraling price of rural land in western Illinois.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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