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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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