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: 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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