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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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