Day in history for February 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Ray, agent of the Rock Island County Bible Society, is canvassing the county. He is distributing Bibles and accepting donations.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Because Rock Island High School students must enter the school at the south doors and leave by the north doors, two Rock Island men who fancy themselves as school bosses have gone to court. They want the judge to issue an injunction to prevent the principal from enforcing this arbitrary rule.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Clock Tower building has been saved. Word from Washington is that congress will refuse to tear down the building. The war department wants to use the stone in the building to erect a small arms factory at Rock Island Arsenal.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Chester C. Thompson, former county treasurer, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

1952 -- 50 years ago
William ``Bill'' Veeck of the St. Louis Browns baseball club will be the speaker at a joint meeting of the Davenport Kiwanis and Exchange Clubs Friday noon in the Blackhawk Hotel.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A deadly poisonous powder resembling heroin or cocaine could be appearing in illicit local drug dealings with tragic results, law enforcement officials warn. The white, granular powder is an Army tear gas called Lance. If tasted, this substance causes instant death. If smelled, it causes irreparable brain damage.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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