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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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