Day in history for February 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Fifteen gentlemen are on the committee of arrangements for the ladies supper to be served by the men at Lee And Whisler's Hall.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Sparrows mate during February. If you want to attract these birds to your property, put up boxes filled with hay, cotton and feathers.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Taxes that residents of Rock Island County must pay in 1902 will total $577,248 or $37,000 more than for 1901.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Kiwanis Club endorsed the movement to have the state buy Watch Tower Park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Officials of the Geifman Supermarket, 2125 11th St., Rock Island, this morning breathed a sigh of relief shortly after learning of a break-in at the store some time last night. They were thankful the prowlers were considerate enough not to damage a 1,300-pound cake placed in the store as part of the firm's silver anniversary observance this afternoon.

1977 -- 25 years ago
On Feb. 11, there will be quite a reunion in Augustana College Centennial Hall. Susann McDonald of Rock Island, one of the top harpists in the world, will be coming home to be soloist with the Tri-City Symphony. The talented young Rocky High girl who played harp with the Symphony has gone on to become head, at present, of four prestigious harp departments, the Juilliard School in New York, the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California and California State University.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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