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: 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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