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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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