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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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