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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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