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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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