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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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