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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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