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: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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