Day in history for February 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
George W. Cable and Rev. Mr. Merrill are delegates of the Congregational church to the advisory council meeting in Brooklyn.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club voted to join in the effort to secure for Rock Island the biennial state camp of the Modern Woodmen of America in 1903.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Hans Hansen, a farmer residing near Cordova, was awarded first prize in the Rock Island corn contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two former residents, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer I. Berglund, are members of the cast in a motion picture being filmed in Sarasota, Fla., where they reside. The picture ``The Greatest Show on Earth,'' depicts the Ringling Brothers circus. Mr. Berglund was an abstractor in Aledo for several years before he went to Florida about four years ago.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline faces a life-and-death crisis shared with many other U.S. cities and the nation's physicians. A lawsuit-conscious public last year caused Moline's liability insurance premiums to double and may send them climbing another 300 percent this year. Insurance company officials say a burgeoning number of lawsuits against the nation's cities make them bad insurance risks. The city's current general liability policy cost $27,000 two years ago, then jumped to $54,000 when renewed last year. It expires April 1.

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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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