Day in history for February 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The new First Baptist Church building in Rock Island was dedicated today.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A Boston paper is advertising for a man by the name of Smith who was last heard from in Rock Island. He has $33,420 coming to him. Any Boston Smith who thinks he is the man can leave his name and address at John Bengston's Drug Store.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. C.H. Deere of Moline was elected regent of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Modern Woodmen of America unveiled and dedicated a memorial window to the late Major C.W. Hawes in South Park Presbyterian Church. Major Hawes was head clerk of Modern Woodmen from 1890 to 1914.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Two dogs were blamed for a fire which swept a workroom in the Plow City Broom Factory at the rear of 1521 6th Ave., Moline, causing an estimated $1,500 damage to the building and contents. The dogs upset an electrical lamp into lacquer and paint cans.

1977 -- 25 years ago
President Jimmy Carter has promised a special staff review of the need for a new bridge connecting Moline and the Rock Island Arsenal. In letters to U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback, R-Moline, and U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Davenport, Carter said his domestic affairs and policy assistant Stuart Eizenstat has been instructed to review their request that about $6.6 million for the proposed bridge be included in the fiscal year 1978 budget.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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