Day in history for February 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Jacob Starr, Rock Island supervisor of sidewalks, will force people to grade, repair and pave their walks. Property owners on Main Street have been given until June 1 to put in sidewalks 10 feet wide. They may pave with brick, stone or wooden planks.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The popular Annie Conant is sick with both typhoid fever and diptheria. Rock Island went to bed last night saddened by the news she had died, but that was only a rumor. She is some better today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island has two unimproved parks. Improvements should begin on Arbor Day in Long View and Reservoir. Woodcutters have been told to go elsewhere for fuel.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Great Smoky Mountains have been chosen as the destination of the Black Hawk Hiking Club during their 1927 big hike.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Farmall Works of the International Harvester Company was closed for the third time this month. The reason given by the company was a 3-day suspension of 45 block testing employees for failing to return to work after the noon lunch period. With the block testers out, the entire assembly line had to cease operations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Application for federal funds to pay for downtown parking lot improvements in Moline and extension of a water main south of the Rock River are being made by the city. Aldermen agreed to make application for the funds to the federal Economic Development Administration.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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