Day in history for January 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Nathan Belcher of this county will be one of the Whig party delegates to the Whig national convention.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Davenport, like Rock Island, has awakened to the fact that something must be done about the gangs of rowdies who make life miserable for decent people. A Davenport gang assaulted a policeman yesterday.

1902 -- 100 years ago
For the first time at Augustana College, graduates will wear cap and gown at commencement next June, the class decided. Senior men now are carrying canes.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Jacob Ohlweiler, Sr., who came to Rock Island from Germany in 1848 after taking part in a revolution for a republic, died.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A new Rock Island department store, to be called Rothschild's will open soon at 1723-25-27 2nd Ave. The tentative grand opening is scheduled between March 15 and April 1. The store manager will be Harry C. Scherer, veteran Rock Island retailer and former manager of McCabe's.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Geifman Food Stores, one of the Quad-Cities major supermarket chains, will develop a new retail outlet in the former AAndP Food Store in Moline's King Plaza Shopping Center. Morris Geifman, Davenport, president and chairman of the board, revealed acquisition of the former AAndP Store. Manager of the new Geifman store will be Clifford Bearden, Davenport, who has been affiliated with the chain's retail operations for many years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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