Day in history for April 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Young Whigs want their party to nominate an Army general, a national hero, for president in 1852. The young Whigs have only vague ideas what principles and policies their party should stand for.

1877 -- 125 years ago
New homes and business places are being built for Otto Gottsch, Peter Philebar, Alderman Peter Schlemmer, Henry Simmon, and Lawrence Kramer, foreman of the Argus press.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Concrete mountings are in place at three corners of the courthouse square. When cannons are placed on the mountings, the board of supervisors and the John Buford post of the Grand Army of the Republic will hold suitable ceremonies.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The highway commission has fixed the courses to be followed by Routes 84 and 85. The latter route places Alexis on a 2-mile spur.

1952 -- 50 years ago
President Truman announced he will make an inspection flight over the flood-ravaged Midwest tomorrow and then confer with the governors of seven states on disaster relief. He will fly over Chicago, Rock Island, the state of Wisconsin, the area around Sioux City, and the Omaha-Council Bluffs, region.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Earnest Ralph Beasley of London Mills, who is serving a 180-year prison sentence for the 1952 murder of Shirley S. Poston, a Moline service station operator, won the first round of a new court fight for retrial of his case.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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