Day in history for January 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The postmaster general has decided that a subscriber living in the county where a newspaper is published is to receive that paper free of postage, even though the post offices through which he receives it are situated in another county.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Classical art statues, produced by a troupe of 20 young girls, was the attraction at Dart's Hall.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.B. Eckhart was elected as manager of the Landlord's Protective Association.

1927 -- 75 years ago
William Butterworth, president of Deere And Co., Moline, and vice president of the United States Chamber of Commerce, will be one of the principal speakers at a meeting of the northern central division of the United States Chamber of Commerce, which will be held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago.

1952 -- 50 years ago
C.P. Conrad, president of Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co., said that approximately $205,000 will be spent during 1952 in developing a three-phase underground electrical network for the downtown business district of Rock Island.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The manager of Randall Food Store, Moline, has been charged with violating the state weights and measures act. The complaint, signed by Walter J. Hoyt, of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, alleges William D. Frey, acting as an agent of Randall Foods, Inc., offered for sale a quantity of meats, fruits and vegetables with the quantities being less than they were represented to be.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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