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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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