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 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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