Day in history for February 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The town of Peru has voted, 296 to 16, to subscribe $40,000 to the capital stock of the Chicago And Rock Island railroad.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Twenty men are breaking stone from the Joliet limestone quarry near the Rock Island depot. Removal of the stone will improve the ground about the depot 100 percent.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The entertainment committee is seeking hundreds of rooms in which to lodge the delegates during the Grand Army of the Republic's state encampment in Rock Island in May.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Total attendance at the 4-day auto show held in the lobby of the Fort Armstrong Hotel in Rock Island is estimated at 20,000.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Someone tried to give Charles Copenhaver, Davenport, a ``hot seat'' this morning. When Mr. Copenhaver got into his car and turned on the ignition, the front seat of the car began to smoulder. The cause was readily apparent; someone had strung a wire from the battery to the front seat. He succeeded in putting out the fire before any damage was done. And he's still able to sit down, thank you.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Family housing at Rock Island Arsenal won an ``Excellence in Architecture Award'' for the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The principal design firm for the project was Goolehon, Schemmer and Associates, Inc., Omaha, and the Corps' Omaha District was the design agency.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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