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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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