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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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