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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