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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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