Day in history for February 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Messrs. William Marshall, senior and junior, have been appointed agents for the McCormick reaper in northern Illinois counties. Farmers report uniform success with the machine reaper.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Twelve physicians of the Tri-Cities held a discussion of the cause of the epidemic of winter cholera in Rock Island. Drs. Trusedale and Plummer showed by statistics and illustrations that the cause is impure city water, poisoned by sewage. Some of the doctors insisted that the cause is impurities in the atmosphere.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Colonial costumes were worn by men and women at a Martha Washington sociable in Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island. Sixteen girls presented a flag drill.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Pupils are taking home cards for their parents to sign as authorization of their inoculation against diphtheria.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Plans for construction of a $185,000 gymnasium-auditorium for St. Joseph's School were announced by the Rev. Francis J. Casey, pastor, at a meeting of the Holy Name Society. The building will be situated on the corner of 14th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island woman who last fall won first place in a voter turnout program, declared her candidacy for the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees. Hannelore ``Honey'' Huisman will vie for one of three board openings April 9.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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