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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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