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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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