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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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