Day in history for April 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A bill has been introduced in congress to establish a federal agriculture bureau. Such a bureau, to advise farmers, would require four employees and would cost $16,000 a year to operate.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Residents of Milan appointed William Kerr, Jacob Frysinger and Benjamin Goble to raise money for lawyers who would attempt to get damages paid to owners of property flooded by the south branch of Rock River.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Four teams of the Three-I League favor allowing M.H. Sexton of Rock Island to accept the presidency of the Western Baseball League, while he continues to serve as head of the Three-I.

1927 -- 75 years ago
While staging his fourth hold-up of a street car within two weeks, a bandit fired a bullet at motorman Fred A. Cordell of Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The first major surgery to be performed in the new addition of St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport, took place yesterday when Clarence West of Davenport underwent an appendectomy.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than a billion tons of coal lying beneath Henry County's rich farm land probably will remain there for decades to come, despite the growing emphasis on coal as a cure for the nation's energy ills. Agriculture leaders, mining officials and geologists agree that the quality of the coal is too poor and the seams too thin and scattered to jusify tearing up $4,000-an-acre soil.

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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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