Day in history for January 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our representative to congress, Thompson Campbell, is urging congress to establish daily river mail between St. Louis and Galena.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Since 1816 hundreds of steamboats have blown up on western rivers and 3,783 persons have been killed by the explosions.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Officers of the Illinois G.A.R. are in Rock Island and have fixed the dates for the state encampment of Civil War Union Veterans here as May 20-22. The convention will bring 2,100 delegates to the city.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Izaak Walton League of Rock Island and Moline endorsed a proposal to make Watch Tower a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
How many of you write 15 letters in a week, or 800 letters a year? Writing letters is the hobby of Betty Gritten, a newer Orion High School council member. The 16-year old junior is the oldest of five children and does her share of the farm work in the summer. During the school year, she manages to major in mathematics and stay perennially on the honor roll.

1977 -- 25 years ago
State Department of Transportation officials are hoping construction can start in mid-summer or before on the new bridge over Green River on Poppy Garden Road. An application has been filed with the Corps of Engineers for a permit to channelize about 250 feet of Green River in connection with the project. An early estimate was that the bridge would cost about $750,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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