Day in history for February 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Wyoming tried to come up river but was stopped at Keithsburg by floating ice. Some of her passengers reached Rock Island by stagecoach the next day.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John P. Lemon of Hampton shot a large wolf on Campbell's Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Several contractors are organizing a new company to be known as the Rock Island Sand And Gravel Co. The new firm will buy steamboats and barges and be ready to begin operations as soon as the river opens in the spring.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The entire Coal Valley community has been invited to turn out Monday to hunt the foxes and wolves infesting the hills nearby.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Earl H. Hanson, superintendent of schools in Rock Island, called on Rock Island residents to turn out in large numbers to vote in tomorrow's referendum on the $200,000 school bond issue and show that you are interested in your children and your children's problems.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois Pollution Control Board will stage a hearing on an industry proposal to amend noise regulations governing impulsive forging operations. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency scheduled the hearing in the Rockford City Council Chambers Wednesday at 10 a.m. and invited area residents interested in the regulations to attend the meeting. Many residents living near Moline Forge, 4101 4th Ave., are bothered by noise eminating from that operation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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