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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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