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: 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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