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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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