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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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