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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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