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 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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