Day in history for January 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
H.A. Porter offers for sale India rubber toys for children, India rubber teething rings, rubber garters and other fancy goods.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Miss Cora Valentine has been appointed principal of the Rock Island High School, Mrs. Everett having resigned.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Smallpox has been spread from Davenport to Rock Island by visitors from the other side of the river. The two houses in which smallpox has broken out are under strict quarantine.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Two companies which produce motion pictures in Rock Island, the Art Anima Studio and Garnet Productions, have merged.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The way was cleared for possible future expansion and repairs of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge between Bettendorf and Moline, following the announcement that an enabling bill had been introduced in congress. The bill would seek U.S. approval of plans that the local commission has for the future of the bridge. A second span between the two cities to speed 1-way traffic has been rumored.

1977 -- 25 years ago
No mail was destroyed, but fire spreading from the rear room of the Erie Post Office caused $10,000 damage to Masonic Lodge offices on the building's upper floor and $2,000 damage to postal equipment. Fire Chief Darrell Spaid said it is uncertain what caused the blaze, which began about 2 p.m. and burned for an hour before being brought under control.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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