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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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