Day in history for November 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago And Rock Island Railroad Company has bought the Bailey And Boyle boat yard land for $13,000. The location will be a satisfactory place for a depot.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Employees of Buford Plow Works presented B.D. Buford with a desk and easy chair as he moved into his enlarged office.

1902 -- 100 years ago
An explosion in the Hartz And Ullemeyer Drug Store fatally burned Julius Krell, 17, and caused a fire which damaged the stock of the firm.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A body found in the Mississippi River was identified as that of a man sought since April for a Rock Island murder.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A blaze in the Fifth Avenue Hotel, 31st St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island, brought city firemen to the scene at 4:06 o'clock this morning. The fire, which burned joists in the basement, was reportedly caused by defective wiring. Damage was nominal. Companies No. 1, 3 and 4 responded. Guests of the hotel were not disturbed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sixteen dams in Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside Counties have not been inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or its agents as required by a 1972 law. The 16 dams along with over 900 dams in Illinois and over 45,000 across the nation were never inspected because the U.S. Congress which enacted the law following the Rapid City, S.D. flood disaster in 1972, never funded the project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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