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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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