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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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