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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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