Day in history for February 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
H.A. Porter was elected alderman of the first ward in Rock Island at a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of E.A. Harkins.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Billy Wilson enlarged his cigar store in Rock Island and announced he will add tables and newspapers and make it pleasant to call for seat and cigar mid the jovial throng.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Five members in a single family living on 21st Street, Rock Island, are very ill of smallpox.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Basketball scores: Moline High, 27, Rock Island, 15; Augustana, 27, Monmouth, 23.

1952 -- 50 years ago
``I can remember when Silvis was nothing but watermelon country,'' says Morton Pennell, former police chief and organizer of the fire department. Pennell, now 74, already had reached manhood when Silvis became an incorporated reality in 1907. Considered by many to be Silvis' elder statesman, Mr. Pennell is a walking chamber of commerce for the railroad town.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A Moline youth has won a $50 savings bond in a contest to design rubberband-powered vehicles as part of National Engineers Week. Mark Hathaway, 14, was among several area youths who competed in the contest to design and build the vehicles, sponsored by the Quad-Cities Engineering Council. Mr. Hathaway built a vehicle out of two pizza pie tins, connecting them with a rubberband and a weight, that traveled some 66 meters.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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