Day in history for January 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Those who wish to travel to Princeton, Cambridge, Peru or any other place this side of the Mississippi can do so in one of the fine two-horse hacks or carriages of N. Lynch.

1877 -- 125 years ago
James Johnston was elected foreman of the Wide Awake Volunteer Firemen's Company.

1902 -- 100 years ago
W.W. Williams, engineer, and W.E. Hoare, fireman, were killed when the boiler exploded on the Denver Limited of the Rock Island Lines at Victor, Iowa. Both men lived in Moline.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Operators of the New York Store, Moline, bought the assets of the Kurtz Department Store, Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a major remodeling project, estimated to cost more than $100,000, at the supreme offices of the Royal Neighbors of America, 230 16th St., Rock Island, were announced by officials of the fraternal life insurance society. The project is planned to create additional space for general office use and to provide for other needed improvements.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Author Philip Dorian is really Dr. Frederick J. Swanson, well-known Moline music educator. Dr. Swanson used the pen name of Dorian when he wrote a mystery novel, ``The Streaker Murders,'' published last summer by Dorrance And Co. Dr. Swanson, retired, is former head of the vocal music department of Moline Public Schools and is the founder and former director of the Moline Boys Choir.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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