Day in history for January 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Railroad or no railroad, Blythe and Stoddard will continue to manufacture in Rock Island family carriages, buggies, peddlers and farm wagons as cheap and as handsome as any to be found in the state.

1877 -- 125 years ago
An association has been formed to introduce roller skating to Rock Island by building a rink. This form of recreation is taking the country by storm.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Simon Burns, who has become famous as a labor leader in the east, has given a pipe organ to the new Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The organ is a memorial to his mother, Mrs. Mary Simpson.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Rod and Reel Club will receive a carload of fish with which to restock the Hennepin Canal.

1952 -- 50 years ago
More than 9,000 lbs. of fish are being hauled to shore today by the Bay View Fish Company at New Boston. The catch is one of the largest ever made by the Bay View firm. Almost all of the fish are boxed in ice and shipped to market.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An explosion heard as far away as Barstow leveled a home in downtown Silvis, but witnesses said there apparently were no injuries. ``I heard an explosion and saw a huge ball of fire,'' said Jim Lanbdin, owner of Jim's Hawkeye Gas And Grocery at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. Lanbdin said the fireball enveloped a home at 117 14th St., next to his business, and when the fireball vanished ``all I could see of the house was rubble.''

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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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