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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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