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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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