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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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