Day in history for November 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago And Rock Island Railroad Company has bought the Bailey And Boyle boat yard land for $13,000. The location will be a satisfactory place for a depot.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Employees of Buford Plow Works presented B.D. Buford with a desk and easy chair as he moved into his enlarged office.

1902 -- 100 years ago
An explosion in the Hartz And Ullemeyer Drug Store fatally burned Julius Krell, 17, and caused a fire which damaged the stock of the firm.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A body found in the Mississippi River was identified as that of a man sought since April for a Rock Island murder.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A blaze in the Fifth Avenue Hotel, 31st St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island, brought city firemen to the scene at 4:06 o'clock this morning. The fire, which burned joists in the basement, was reportedly caused by defective wiring. Damage was nominal. Companies No. 1, 3 and 4 responded. Guests of the hotel were not disturbed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sixteen dams in Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside Counties have not been inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or its agents as required by a 1972 law. The 16 dams along with over 900 dams in Illinois and over 45,000 across the nation were never inspected because the U.S. Congress which enacted the law following the Rapid City, S.D. flood disaster in 1972, never funded the project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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