Day in history for February 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
At a railroad mass meeting, William B. Jervis, president of the Chicago And Rock Island, reported progress and asked stockholders to pay now for their shares.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Colonel A.G. Brackett of Rock Island, leader of the Second U.S. Calvary, objects to Bishop Whipple's defense of the Sioux Indians. After several years among the Sioux with his regiment, Colonel Brackett feels that a Sioux wouldn't hesitate a minute to take the bishop's scalp.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Forty Davenport businessmen and a group of Arsenal workmen have rallied to the defense of Major S.E. Blunt. Some union machinists at Rock Island Arsenal are demanding the major's removal as commandant.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Five thousand people attended the opening day of the Rock Island Auto Show.

1952 -- 50 years ago
East Moline firemen, who are called on to rescue treed cats or other pets from precarious situations, had a new one to add to their records, a pigeon. Firemen were called to the home of Charles Naert, 104 15th Ave., one of his prized racing birds had gotten one of his legs wedged between the crotch of a tree branch and could not get free.

1977 -- 25 years ago
School has been cancelled for students in Colona School because of the water shortage in Colona and Green Rock. School Supt. Eddie Sperry said school was closed today because of the shortage, and could be closed longer if the situation warrants.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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