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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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