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: 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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