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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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