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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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