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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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