Day in history for February 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A mass meeting has been called at the courthouse to choose Rock Island's delegates to a Sterling meeting at which the Rock Island-Rockford railroad will be planned. The more railroads the better, The Argus says.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The ice harvest is near its end. Rock Island and Davenport harvesters have cut 12,000 tons of ice from the river for stowing away for next summer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Because of the tunnel disaster of the New York Central, that railroad company has drafted W.C. Brown as its operating manager and vice president. Brown, who has been general manager of the Lake Shore Lines, is from Rock Island and was honored at a banquet here a year ago.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Milan was swept by the most disastrous flood in its history yesterday, following an ice jam in Mill Creek.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An incinerator installed by the city of Rock Island a dozen years ago for $60,000 and seldom used was sold last night for $5,200. The device, never used permanently, became obsolete when the city last year adopted a landfill method of trash disposal.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Augustana College students will pay $4,113 for tuition, room, board and fees, a $252 increase, for the 1977-78 acamemic year, according to new rates approved by the college board of directors. The new rate amounts to a 6.5 percent increase.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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