Day in history for February 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Saturday evening the play at Rock Island's theater will be a comedy presented for the first time, ``Uncle Sam, or A Nabob for an Hour.''

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Galt and other men are organizing a toy factory to be known as Galt, Blaisdale and Smith. The new building will be ready in March.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island County Prohibition Party delegates are holding their annual convention in the Unitarian Church, Moline.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Isador I. Katz, former Augustana College debater, has won a place on the Northwestern University debate team.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A new model self-propelled harvester thresher has begun to roll off the assembly line at International Harvester's East Moline plant. The huge new machine has been designated the No. 127 SP harvester thresher and incorporates a number of improvements and changes not found in its predecessor, the No. 125 SP H-T.

1977 -- 25 years ago
One hundred and four acres of heavily forested hillside in northern Rock Island County may be one of the world's most expensive bird roosts. The National Wildlife Federation has completed purchase of the land for $274,500. The land, north and east of Illiniwek Forest Preserve, was purchased by the federation to insure that bald eagles which flock to the area in the wintertime have a roosting spot near Lock and Dam 14 on the Mississippi River, a favorite feeding spot.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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