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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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