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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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