Day in history for February 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The dedication of the First Baptist Church, Rock Island, will take place on the 14th.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Lieutenant Charles Shaler of the Fifth Artillery, a teacher at the West Point Military Academy, was the guest of his father-in-law, P.L. Mitchell.

1902 -- 100 years ago
John Ohlweiler was elected chairman of a committee in charge of the arrangements for the coming session in Rock Island of the Illinois Bottlers' Association.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Assurances that construction will be started during 1927 on Route 80 of the state highway system, connecting Rock Island and Moline with Galesburg, were given to delegations from Rock Island, Henry and Knox counties by Governor Len Small in a conference at Springfield.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Traffic lights in Rock Island's downtown district were stuck on red this afternoon, causing motorists some confusion. Police said they received the first report on the lights at 12:45 p.m. Rock Island's traffic car, equipped with a loud speaker, was touring the area to prevent traffic tie-ups by advising motorists to proceed against the red signals.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline's Meadowland Elementary School, due to be abandoned next fall, may be resurrected as a solution to overcrowding at United Township High School. UTHS Supt. Edward Hill said use of the school may be an alternative to continued split-shift scheduling of freshmen.

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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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