Day in history for February 10, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
This notable year of 1852 is one of especial privilege to the fair sex; it is leap year. In olden times, the ladies went a-courting in leap year.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island City Council passed an ordinance to fund the city's debt, amounting to $140,000.

1902 -- 100 years ago
There were several cases of smallpox in Rock Island, and a movement for an isolation hospital was started.

1927 -- 75 years ago
According to J.F. Barrett, commercial manager of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Rock Island, the sum of $150,000 will be spent by the company in 1927 in the placing of additional trunk cables between Rock Island, Moline and East Moline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A fire described by Moline Fire Chief Jack Polchow as one of the ``toughest we've ever had to fight'' broke out in the basement of the Moline Royal Crown Bottling Works, 101-103 3rd Ave., Moline, this morning. All available fire equipment in the city was sent to the scene, and a call was issued for all off-duty firemen. By 1:30 this afternoon, the blaze was still going.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Students and employees at United Township High School are being urged to wear a sweater to school to keep warm when an energy saving plan is initiated Friday. Officials have ordered all thermostats turned down, setting the classrooms at 65 degrees and halls and restrooms at 60 degrees.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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