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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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