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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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