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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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