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: 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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