Day in history for February 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The ice is out of the lower rapids around Keokuk. The Mississippi River is open to navigation between Rock Island and Muscatine.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Since all the top men working on the new Rock Island bridge are sailors, no more iron will be laid until Saturday. The men won't work on Friday, which is the unlucky day in the seamen's calendar.

1902 -- 100 years ago
E.C. Berry has returned from Washington, where he was sent to intercede with officials in behalf of union machinists at Rock Island Arsenal. It is claimed that the union men have been discriminated against since their strike of a few years ago.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island alderman J.W. Houder announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for mayor.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Dumping garbage into the alleys is a violation of a city health ordinance and residents of East Moline who persist in disregarding the law will be dealt with by the police, Al VanQuathem, police chief, said following a tour through the city alleys.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Three months ago, Little Porker was the runt of the latest litter of pigs born on the Richard Rehn farm near Osco. Today he can sit up, kiss his friends, be led on a chain, shake hands, roll over, sleep on command, say prayers, drink from a hose and straighten his curly tail. Mr. and Mrs. Neil Swanson taught him those tricks after Rehn gave the pig to their son Mark, who works on the Rehn farm.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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