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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