Day in history for January 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
With plank roads, there would be little fatigue for horses or oxen, less wear on wagons, and farmers could double their loads.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Many from Rock Island attended a dinner given by the Burns Club of Davenport last evening in honor of Scotland's favorite bard.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It being Sunday, Rev. J.B. Simons, pastor of the First Baptist Church, preached in the morning on ``Encouragement to the Tempted'' and in the evening on ``Compassion, Rather Than Vengeance.''

1927 -- 75 years ago
The old Moline Club, once the leading civic and social organization in Moline, has formally passed out of existence, a certificate of dissolution having been filed with the secretary of state.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Every once in a while, a prisoner leaves something in his cell when he departs from the Rock Island city jail, but for the first time in Captain Ray E. Barnhart's recollection, an upper set of false teeth was left behind yesterday. The teeth apparently were left by one of 13 men who were held on vagrancy charges in the city jail.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline PTA members apparently have succeeded in their drive for installation of sidewalks along sections of heavily traveled 24th Avenue used by school children. Moline aldermen have earmarked $50,000 for this year's city sidewalk construction and have agreed to totally fund walks needed to eliminate safety hazards.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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