Day in history for April 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Capt. John Wilson, owner of the ferry, has survived the attack of Davenport and is running his horse propelled ferry boats as usual.

1877 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimick announced the closing to the public of the Rock Island fairgrounds, because of legal difficulties and expenses.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Warnick And Ralston's soap factory was in danger of destruction from a fire that started in the barn of Hugh Ralston across the street. Three hose companies prevented spreading of the flames.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Clarissa Spencer, one of the eight founders of the international Young Women's Christian Association, died in Joplin, Mo. She will be buried in Rock Island, where she formerly lived.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Acting Capt. Earl R. Maynard stated he has been informed there is no provision in state statues that makes it illegal for stores to give away or sell baby chicks. State statutes only make it illegal to artificially color the chicks. A protest against baby chick donations was made by Mrs. Marie Wiegand, president of the Rock Island Humane Society.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Joseph Burns, a Deere assembly line worker who lives in Rock Island, recently completed a project of rather spectacular proportions. He built a detailed wooden model of Noah's Ark. Burns was inspired to undertake the project after seeing the movie ``In Search of Noah's Ark,'' which played in the Quad-Cities a few months ago.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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