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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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