Day in history for January 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A young lady trying to elope was caught by her father, but the lady's suitor drew a pistol, which persuaded the father to send for the minister and agree to a home wedding. After the ceremony, all retired. The rope ladder hung at the lady's window all night, but there was no further attempt to escape.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The road tax of $3 a year is the most unpopular of all taxes and the hardest to collect. Rock Island and Moline should abolish the road tax.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Slaughtering and Rendering Company will revolutionize the meat business. Its most striking feature is its cleanliness.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island County Fair voted to discontinue annual exhibits and to sell the fairgrounds at Joslin at auction.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Frank McClaren, Bettendorf, 38-year-old veteran truck driver who last March rescued an injured woman from a roadside canal, was named Driver of the Year for 1951 by the Iowa Motor Truck Association.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The opening of the new Bicentennial Elementary School in Coal Valley is the fulfillment of a dream for some, for others it is viewed with a bit of nostalgia. Parents of the youngsters in kindergarten through second grade who attend the `Old North School' view the move with a sigh of relief. But to some native-born residents, the move means the end of a family tradition.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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