Day in history for February 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The movement for building a plank road from Rock Island to the bluffs south of Rock River is well under way.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John H. Cook, a well-known railroad man for some time in the service of the St. Louis, Rock Island And Chicago railroad, was appointed station agent of the road in St. Louis. He was a boarder at the Harper House during his stay in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Illinois Independent Telephone Company, recently given a franchise to operate in Rock Island, filed a $5,000 indemnifying bond with Mayor Knox.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Eighty-six men organized a Community Bible Class at the Y.W.C.A. in Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
When city employees begin painting Rock Island's fire hydrants different colors this spring, it won't be because they're color blind. They'll be carrying out a directive from acting Chief Charles J. Wahlheim designed to take guesswork out of tapping onto fire hydrants in case of fires. It seems that while all hydrants are the same size above ground, they don't all tap onto the same size mains.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Although few people have complained, noise levels at the Quad City Airport may have to be reduced to meet proposed regulations filed with the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Armin Grossell, operations manager at the airport, said local officials are in the midst of a study on noise, but do not know yet whether the levels are in violation of the proposed standards.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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