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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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