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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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