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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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