Day in history for January 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Analysis of 2,400 marriages shows that if a female arrives at the age of 20 still unmarried, one-fourth of her probabilities of ever getting married are gone, and if she reaches 25 unmarried, three-fourths of her chances are gone.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Petitions have been sent to Washington to change the name of Pleasant Ridge, on the new railroad, to Taylor Ridge.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. R.G. Pearce of Rock Island has been renominated by President Theodore Roosevelt as surveyor of customs for the port of Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Fireman Claude A. Donaway was hurt in falling from a roof during a 2 a.m. fire.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Pleasant Bluff School, a mile-and-a-half south of Rapids City, was closed today for lack of a teacher. E.S. Metcalf, county superintendent of schools, said the former Miss Phyllis Frank, Pleasant Bluff teacher, was recently married and had resigned. Metcalf's office said arrangements were being made for a new teacher, and the classes for the 17 Pleasant Bluff pupils may be resumed tomorrow.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sen. Don Wooten, D-Rock Island, proposed legislation to regulate and license all retail food establishments in Illinois in an unusual fly-around announcement. He said the legislation is significant enough to warrant an extra effort to explain it because it proposes protection most people think they already have.

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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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