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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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