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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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