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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