Day in history for April 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Looking in at Fergus, Buford And Co.'s Foundry, we noticed a new addition to this already extensive establishment in the shape of an iron planing machine, to be used for planing the largest castings to the proper size and finish.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The glassmakers held a largely attended ball at Hillier's Hall last night.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island Library voted to install an automatic temperature regulating system. Work on the library building is to be pushed.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Illinois highway commission was urged to pave Route 84 from Taylor Ridge to the Muscatine bridge.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A walkout of 32 men in the structural department of the Bear Manufacturing Company, Rock Island, occurred at 11 o'clock this morning. L.B. Arp, general manager, said the employees gave no explanation at the time of leaving. Carroll Wright, Davenport, president of Local 822, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, the bargaining agent for Bear employees since its certification last Dec. 18, said the stoppage developed suddenly, apparently as a result of dissatisfaction with slowness of contract negotiations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Three bags of mail fell from a U.S. Postal Service truck at 13th St. and 7th Ave., East Moline. A citizen called police to pick up the three bags. When last seen, the mail truck was headed down the street, doors swinging wide.

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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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