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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