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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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