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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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