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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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