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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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