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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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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