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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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