Day in history for February 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The contemplated railroad down the Rock River valley from Rockford to Rock Island we are gratified to know is receiving the attention its great importance demands. Some $400,000 in stock already has been subscribed.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island women met at the Harper House Saturday and organized an Industrial Relief Society with Mrs. E.E. Carter as president.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``Foxy Grandpa'' was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
State Rep. Thomas P. Sinnett announced his candidacy for re-election on the Democratic ticket.

1952 -- 50 years ago
When the February issue of The Iowan magazine appears on newsstands it will contain an article entitled ``Symphony Fever,'' which tells about the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra. Produced by Eileen Nordstrom and photographed by Carl Turk, the article tells briefly about the orchestra, its conductor, its members, its boards and its concerts.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The past two Januaries in the Quad-Cities have been so cold that you might as well have spent them in your deep-freeze. For 20 days this past month, there were zero or subzero temperatures in the Quad-Cities, according to the National Weather Service, Moline. The past two Quad-Cities Januaries also have been two of the 10 worst on record in the past 104 years.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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