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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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