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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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