Day in history for May 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
While a horse was being sold at auction in front of the courthouse, its owner asked a bystander to ride the horse to show off its fine points. The rider applied the whip and rode away. The thief crossed on the ferry and the owner of the horse followed on the next boat. He pursued the horse thief 20 miles into the interior of Iowa but was unsuccessful in overtaking him.

1877 -- 125 years ago
President R.R. Cable appointed Joseph Gaskell paymaster and cashier of the Rock Island And Peoria Railroad.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Thomas Mackin was one of the speakers at the 25th anniversary observance in Peoria of the consecration of Bishop J.L. Spalding.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Elks will have a 4-day program this week to dedicate their new home.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City area suppliers of gasoline said today they can handle normal needs at present. Paraland Oil Company, Bettendorf, said it has sufficient supplies either in the terminal or enroute to the terminal there to make normal deliveries. The company said no pinch would be felt unless the oil strike continued for a long time.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Scott Armstrong, 15, a Moline High School student, received an honorable mention award in an art contest sponsored by Scholastic Magazine. Scott submitted a watercolor for judging in the competition, which is nationwide.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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