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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