Day in history for January 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Whig party is calling the Democratic party interventionists because it wants the United States to aid Hungary achieve independence. The Rock Island Advertiser callously suggests letting Hungary work out its own problems.

1877 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell was reelected president of First National Bank and T.J. Robinson was renamed president of Rock Island National Bank.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The three boats of the Carnival City Packet Company carried 50,604 passengers and 10,360 tons of freight in 1901. W.A. Blair was reelected president and general manager of the company.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A temperature of 12 degrees below zero today is the coldest in two years in this vicinity.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island postal authorities and police are seeking a thief who not only has taken considerable mail that carriers have left at various homes but also took mail left for a postman to pick up. Residents describe the culprit to postal officials as being 10 or 12 years old. The postmaster advanced a theory that the thief might be a youngster who wants to play mailman.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An unusual outbreak of what is believed to be a cold-like ailment has afflicted more than a third of the students in one East Moline school. About 300 of the 815 students at Glenview Junior High have been absent, almost all reportedly suffering from similar ills.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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