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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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