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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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