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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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