Day in history for April 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
When the railroad is completed, people can travel from New York to Rock Island by train in 42 hours. If anybody had predicted a decade ago that enterprise and wealth would produce such a result, he would have been considered a fit tenant for the madhouse.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The old frame building on 18th Street, Rock Island, formerly occupied by the Sherman Saloon was moved on rollers to Flatiron Square to make room for the handsome brick addition to Odd Fellows Hall which Alvin Hull, owner of the building, will erect.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Savings Bank today reelected directors as follows: H.S. Cable, L. Simon, P.S. Greenawalt, John Volk, John Crubaugh, E.W. Hurst, Phil Mitchell, J.M. Buford and H.P. Hull.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island board of education promised residents of the southwest section of the city a new school as soon as funds are available.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island residents were warned not to dump leaves and grass into streets and expect the city street department to cart the debris away.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline will receive $1.4 million for the construction of a long-sought municipal swimming pool. The announcement by Congressman Tom Railsback, R-Moline, came as a complete surprise to East Moline and county officials, who have been considering the project since 1968 but haven't determined a site or design for the pool complex.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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