Day in history for February 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary has opened its winter term in a new building. The Rev. A. Briggs of New York and Maine is the new professor of languages.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Two hundred people came to the 60th birthday party of E.P. Reynolds in his home at 30th Street and 5th Avenue, Rock Island. At the jingling call of Forey Folsom and his orchestra, the young people square danced. Reynolds, a railroad contractor, came to Rock Island in 1839. The big house was brilliantly illuminated.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island grade schools held programs to celebrate the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln and Longfellow.

1927 -- 75 years ago
On the largest radio hook-up ever attempted (42 stations), President Coolidge spoke today on the life of George Washington.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Bridge And Iron Works Inc. announced a government order approaching nearly $500,000. The firm will furnish structural steel for construction of the powerhouse superstructure at the Fort Randall dam at Lake Andes, S.D.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Moline woman became the sixth person in 10 years to receive the National Commander's Award from the Disabled American Veterans. Marie Demeurisse, 88, of 432 19th Ave., Moline, has put in some 10,000 hours making more than 5,000 lap robes for disabled veterans in veterans' hospitals and nursing homes.

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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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