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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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