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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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