Day in history for April 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A base wretch was introduced to a lovely Rock Island girl of 16. He pressed her hand and said the recent sleighing had rendered her more lovely than ever. She blushed. Her parents then considered the matter settled, but the wretch has deserted the young lady.

1877 -- 125 years ago
J.T. Kenworthy's 12 and one-half pound boy has been beaten by Major Beardsley's 13 pounder, born this morning.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Four Pekin ducks, supposedly stolen from Mrs. Julius Gehie, Rock Island, have appeared in the river. They went down the 24th St. storm drain at 9th Ave. and emerged after four days.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The county board of supervisors endorsed a proposed 2-cent state tax on each gallon of gasoline to provide money for paved highways.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Roy H. Hufford, Moline, has just finished her 167th rug, and this one covers all past records. Her newest, a 9-by-12 all-wool braided oval, took the Moline housewife two months to complete. ``It would have taken any normal person six years,'' declared her daughter, Mrs. Stanley Frederick of Port Byron.

1977 -- 25 years ago
``Get up, the train's coming into our house,'' Gerald Patz yelled as a railroad car landed in his yard. The train came no closer, however, as 26 cars spilled off the Burlington tracks and piled up near the elevator in downtown Hillsdale about 7:20 this morning. The cause of the derailment was undetermined.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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