Day in history for January 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The population of counties in this congressional district: Rock Island, 6,937; Whiteside, 5,361; Mercer, 5,246; Henry, 3,807; Stark, 3,710.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Urchins with coasters who hitch on to horsedrawn sleds can be a nuisance, but some good natured farmers invited the boys to ``pile on.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
Independent telephone companies have been organized to serve Rapids City, Port Byron, Reynolds and Hillsdale.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America are planning a new national headquarters building in Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. William Butterworth has presented Moline Girl Scouts with a gift of 150 shares of Deere And Co. stock, income from which will amount to between $650 and $750 a year. Mrs. Butterworth stipulates that this amount is to be used in any useful manner. The gift was announced at the annual Girl Scout dinner held at the First Methodist Church, Moline.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The state says it has no idea when work can begin to replace the ``deathtrap'' Rock River bridge over Ill. 84 leading into Green Rock. The bridge, carrying more than 10,000 vehicles a day on a narrow span between two curving approaches, provides the only access and exit to Interstate 80 east of Silvis and Carbon Cliff. With the I-80 and Ill. 2-92 interchange closed northeast of Barstow, traffic is shunted to the Cleveland interchange near here.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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