Day in history for April 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island brass band gave a concert at the courthouse, a rare treat.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The city council is up in arms over the refusal of the Northern Packet line to pay the wharfage charges at the Rock Island steamboat dock.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company opened bids for construction of four miles of track in a loop serving the South Heights, Long View Park and Reservoir Park districts.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The crime wave reached a climax with two holdups and five burglaries in the Quad-Cities last night.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It isn't too difficult to find a missing tooth, particularly when it weighs 140 pounds. Such a tooth, taken from a rooting machine of the Valley Construction Company, 5th Ave. and 41st St., Rock Island, turned up yesterday at a Rock Island junk yard. Police were told three youths, ages 13, 14 and 16, had sold it for $1.60. The value of the tooth, according to the Valley firm, is $75.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 50,000-square-foot addition to Caterpillar Tractor Co's engine remanufacturing facility in Bettendorf has been announced. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, with completion by mid-1979. Used truck engines are remanufactured at the facility for resale through the company's parts distribution system. The existing 104,000-sq. ft. facility, which was opened in 1972, employs 195 people.

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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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