Day in history for January 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
G.H. Baxter, located three doors east of the Rock Island post office, sells all the most popular magazines: Godey's, Sartain's, Holden's, Peterson's and Woodruff's Youth.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Twenty-three sleighs and two hacks make regular trips across the river on the ice between Rock Island and the village on the Iowa side.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Reporters inspected the Tri-City Bottled Milk and Butter Company on 44th St., Rock Island, and there saw milk tested for cleanliness and bottled by machinery. Bottled milk is something new in sanitation.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Community Chest, Inc., was organized on a permanent basis. L.M. Casteel was elected president of the association.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A warrant charging a Chicago man with selling unlabeled horse meat to Quad-City retail firms was obtained this morning in Rock Island police court. State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran said the warrant is against Matt Klaersch, identified as an official of the LaMont Provisions Company of Joliet.

1977 -- 25 years ago
After receiving favorable public reactions to its idea of a single Quad-City Civic Center, the Quad-City Development Group says that it will now accelerate research into the feasibility of the project. Originally proposed in September, the plan involves constructing a single Quad-City Civic Center on the tip of Arsenal Island.

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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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