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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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