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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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