Day in history for April 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Emigrant's Guide, published in New York, says: The Rock Island region is eminently healthful. It is even thought that Rock Island will be a resort for rich invalids and men of leisure from the south on account of its double charm in purity of air and scenery.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The raft boat, Robert Ross, was plying between Rock Island and Davenport as the regular ferry, the Rock Island, was stranded at the boat yards.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Congressman A.J. Hopkins of Aurora has been secured to deliver the annual Memorial Day address in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island and South Rock Island township elections will be nothing more than formalities due to the fact that Republican nominees are unopposed.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Completion of redecorating work in the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church, Moline, was celebrated with a festive service. The sanctuary presents an entirely new atmosphere, with the color scheme chosen to harmonize with the windows installed a few years ago.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island's million-dollar downtown mall eventually will be a beautiful community asset, city officials and businesmen agree. But it's proven the nemesis for two 2nd Avenue merchants and a giant headache for many others. Construction problems, delays and parking confusion along the two-block outdoor mall have shifted trade to other shopping areas, some merchants say.

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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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