Day in history for January 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The ice has broken and piled up in Rock River. The gorge and high water threatens to sweep away the main Rock River bridge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The editor of The Argus does not object to dying, but he does dislike postponements. Yesterday he got ready to die; then the man who said he was going to come to kill him didn't come.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will sail Feb. 28 on a four-month trip to the Holy Land.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, famous baseball players, were cleared of charges that they conspired with gamblers to ``fix'' a game.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The entire production force at the Farmall works of International Harvester Company, totaling approximately five thousand, was laid off this morning when about 45 block testing department workers failed to report. The dispute action started late yesterday when the men in the testing section walked off, reportedly in a disagreement over payments for retesting of engines.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County leaders say civil defense shelters could house 215,000 persons if a natural gas shortage develops in the Quad-Cities. Illinois has not suffered the shortage, but officials have said a 10-day period of temperatures averaging 10 degrees or more below zero 24 hours a day could leave the Quad-Cities short of natural gas supplies.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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