Day in history for February 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The last survivor of the Boston Tea Party, a bit of violence connected with our Revolutionary War days, died in Chicago. He was David Kinnison and he was 111 years old.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A woman made her appearance on Illinois Street, Rock Island, today driving a spruce rig and about as near dead drunk as anybody can be and sit up. Her drive down our main street ended by her smashing the buggy and landing in jail. This is a sample of what life will be like as soon as women have the full enjoyment of all the rights usurped by that monster, man.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The paper manufacturing plant at Rock River, south of Rock Island, will be sold. The plant has been operated by the Columbia Straw Paper Company.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Thirty-six persons have enrolled for a course in recreation leadership. The class is conducted by Mel H. Hodge.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Cal Heitman, 3625 15th Ave. Ct., Moline, formerly of Rock Island, who took part in the invasion of Okinawa while in the Navy during the Second World War, was shown in the Crusade in Pacific film on WHBF-TV last night. Heitman was pictured sitting with earphones at his station by an anti-aircraft gun.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Ken Irwin won $10,000 for suggesting a way to reduce part of Deere And Co.'s heating bill. Irwin, of Muscatine, suggested modifying the heat system at Deere's Plow And Planter Works, Moline, to cut down waste.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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