Day in history for February 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island is situated on a neck of land between two rivers. People must cross rivers to get into our town. Unless Rock Island builds a plank road to the Rock River bridges, we might just as well turn over our land to cattle for pasture. The town will die unless we make it easier for customers to come here.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Nicholas Littig will start to dig the trenches for Rock Island's first city waterworks system as soon as the frost is out of the ground.

1902 -- 100 years ago
George E. Morgan resigned as president of the Tri-City Labor Congress. D.C. Main was elected to succeed him.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Judges C.J. Searle, Nels A. Larson and W.T. Church of the circuit court will seek renomination and reelection.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Moline city council was criticized for its tardiness in starting recent council meetings. Alderman Roland G. Peterson said that in recent weeks the council has been holding committee of the whole sessions at 7 o'clock but that those meetings run beyond the 8 o'clock starting time of the council.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Landuit's Lake, a landmark Quad-City area recreation facility, has been sold to two Iowans for more than $500,000. Developed more than a half century ago by Vic Landuit and his two sons, the 170-acre facility was purchased by Clarence Wright, Cedar Rapids, and his son Randy, Bettendorf.

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