Day in history for April 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport city council has called a public election for May 20 to decide whether Davenport shall increase its purchase of shares in the Rock Island and Chicago railroad to $30,000.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John H. Swartout of Chicago is visiting Rock Island and has met several people whom he knew 35 years ago. He and his brother, Nelson Swartout, opened a wagon shop in this town in 1839 on the ground where Dart's old warehouse store now stands.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Republicans of the 33rd district assembled in convention and nominated L.S. McCabe for state senator and L.M. Magill and C.A. Samuelson for state representatives. H.A. Ainsworth of Moline was chairman.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A band concert each evening next week in the Fort Armstrong Hotel will mark Rock Island's observance of national music week.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because Davenport central station firemen had always bought ice cream at her store to celebrate a birthday, Lillian Hagge, who operates the Rainbow Ice Cream Store, 1323 W. 4th St., reciprocated on her birthday anniversary. Each shift of firemen was delegated to pick up free ice cream at the store.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City planners say the need has never been greater, but that it will probably be at least 10 years before officials take any positive action toward construction of another Mississippi River bridge linking Rock Island and Davenport.

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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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