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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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