Day in history for January 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The weather has been warm and pleasant for the last few days.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fred Walthert has made a handsome painting of William Tell and his son, which he will present to the Rock Island Swiss Society at its dance in Streckfus Hall.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Deere And Co. will spend $100,000 for machinery with which to run its entire factory by electricity.

1927 -- 75 years ago
There have been 100 cases of mumps reported in the last two weeks. Most of the victims are adults.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Only one state was missing in a tabulation of auto license plates this year at the Christmas display in Davenport's Memorial Park Cemetery. The display drew an estimated fifty to sixty thousand visitors during the ten days. In an overall estimate, Illinois residents comprised 30 percent of the total visitors. Inclement weather and icy roads kept the total attendance below the figure for last year.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Hundreds of students walked into Black Hawk College classes only to be told their courses were canceled. The college, facing a deficit now estimated as high as $500,000, dropped 54 class sections on the first day of spring semester. The school canceled 72 classes in December after voters turned down a proposal to increase local taxes for the school. Officials say another six sections may be dropped by the end of late registration.

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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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