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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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