Day in history for January 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A span of horses attached to a wagon loaded with coal broke through the ice while crossing at this place. Horses, wagon and coal disappeared and were seen no more.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mat Egan, a railroad brakeman of Rock Island, died today. After he fell from a locomotive, one of his legs was amputated, but later he refused to allow amputation of his other leg.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Moline Library directors received the $10,530 fund for purchase of the Velie site and will pick a plan for the city's new library.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A reception is being planned for Prince William of Sweden, who will visit Rock Island March 17.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An Oklahoma woman is trying to find out what happened to $25 in pennies she deposited in a Rock Island bank 39 years ago. She deposited the $25 to draw interest, but she doesn't remember the name of the bank. Sheriff Muhleman called both Rock Island banks, and officials of the two establishments promised to search their records.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sneak thieves using a fishhook and line apparently tried to snag money from a night depository box at Uptown National Bank, 1601 15th St., Moline. Police reported bank officials found a fishhook and line in the depository box, but it was unknown if the thieves hooked anything before dropping the fish line. No money has been reported missing as of this morning.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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