Day in history for February 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock River bridge is still right side up, but it undoubtedly will be carried off if the ice jammed up against it moves out with a rush.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island will lose the trade of Rock Island Arsenal to Davenport if it does not at once build a viaduct over its railroad tracks and Sylvan Slough, enabling teams to pass over the rails and channel with perfect safety. The iron viaduct bridge would cost the city $15,000 at most.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A bill now before Congress would kill the clam-digging industry, which employs hundreds of people around here. When clam-digging started a few years ago, it was predicted that the supply wouldn't last three years, but there is no sign that the beds of shells are becoming exhausted. Clam-shellers earn $7 to $15 a week.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff Howard Gregg raided eight places where he said liquor was being sold. He announced a drive to make Rock Island County bone dry.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Moline business establishments dealing in food or drink were warned today to clean up and paint, where necessary, within the next 15 days or face the prospect of having their city licenses revoked.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Lutheran Hospital of Moline will dedicate its new $11.5 million addition in May, Kenneth Moburg, president, said this week. In service to the community, the new addition is the most important in the 60-year history of the hospital.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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