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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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