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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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