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: 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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