Day in history for January 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The weather has been warm and pleasant for the last few days.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fred Walthert has made a handsome painting of William Tell and his son, which he will present to the Rock Island Swiss Society at its dance in Streckfus Hall.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Deere And Co. will spend $100,000 for machinery with which to run its entire factory by electricity.

1927 -- 75 years ago
There have been 100 cases of mumps reported in the last two weeks. Most of the victims are adults.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Only one state was missing in a tabulation of auto license plates this year at the Christmas display in Davenport's Memorial Park Cemetery. The display drew an estimated fifty to sixty thousand visitors during the ten days. In an overall estimate, Illinois residents comprised 30 percent of the total visitors. Inclement weather and icy roads kept the total attendance below the figure for last year.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Hundreds of students walked into Black Hawk College classes only to be told their courses were canceled. The college, facing a deficit now estimated as high as $500,000, dropped 54 class sections on the first day of spring semester. The school canceled 72 classes in December after voters turned down a proposal to increase local taxes for the school. Officials say another six sections may be dropped by the end of late registration.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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