Day in history for May 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The river at this point is about on a stand, the water for the last two days rising very little, if any. The Mississippi above, and all its tributaries are reported very high and at last account rising rapidly. The prospects are that we are to have high water for some time to come.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Butler is on a pleasure trip by steamboat to St. Paul.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The United Christian political party held its annual convention for the second time at Watch Tower Park, Rock Island, to nominate a candidate for president of the United States. The delegates ask for the removal of the capital from Washington to the Rock Island Arsenal tract.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Judge W.T. Church returned a decision in the town of Reynolds election contest, declaring the Citizen ticket candidates elected.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A decision to push construction of an off-street parking garage in Market Square, to be financed by revenue bonds, was announced today by Mayor Melvin L. McKay of Rock Island. He said R.C. Sandberg, Rock Island architect, has been directed to prepare sketches of suitable structures which could be erected on the north half of the square.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 23-year-old woman thwarted an attempt by three youths to burglarize her residence in Rock Island shortly before 6 last evening and managed to hit one of them on the head with a broom.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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