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: 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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