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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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