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: 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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