Day in history for February 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Enough money was pledged at a meeting at the courthouse to pay for a survey of the road to Camden (Milan) for a plank road. Experts say a plank road, charging 1.5 cents a mile toll, will pay stockholders 25 percent dividends. A team which can draw only a ton load on dirt roads can pull 4.5 tons on plank roads.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Jenkins of near Milan is near death. He was kicked in the stomach while he was unhitching his horses after work in his vineyard.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Eight cases of smallpox since Jan. 16 have cost the city $1,000. Guards at the doors of quarantined houses get $2 a day. Other expenses have been for ambulance service, supplies, and repairs to the isolation hospital.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Officials of International Harvester Co. predict that the new factory in Rock Island will become the world's largest tractor plant.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Police have documented evidence that George Washington slept here. The daily police blotter shows George Washington, Des Moines, Iowa, picked his night's lodging on George Washington's birthday at the police station. The Des Moines George Washington shared a cold concrete floor in the police bull pen with five other transients.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Two young men were booked on burglary charges after being found by police inside Franklin Junior High School, 901 13th Ave., Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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