Day in history for February 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Burt and Waugh, two fine artists of Rock Island, have nearly finished their panorama painting of the land route to California and one of the world's fair. They intend to give a public exhibition of their paintings soon.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Plans have been drawn for the Sylvan water viaduct which would give Rock Island a safe approach over the railroad tracks to Rock Island Arsenal. The plans may be seen in the hardware store of Alex Steele.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Five men are in the race for the Republican nomination for state senator. They are L.S. McCabe and B.F. Knox, both of Rock Island; F.W. Rank and G.W. Johnson, both of Moline, and J.W. Simonson of Port Byron.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Senator Martin R. Carlson of Moline introduced a bill in the state legislature for a $200,000 appropriation for purchase of Watch Tower Park, Rock Island, as a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Caring for Sam, a young alligator, is pleasant school work for Dick Schomer in the biology department at Rock Island High School. Dick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Schomer, 409 25th Ave.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The fire at the Trimble Funeral Home, which is under construction at 1700 1st St., Coal Valley, probably will mean a one-month delay in the anticipated July 1 opening date, Riley Trimble said today. Damage was estimated at $50,000 from fire, smoke and water, but there were no injuries.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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