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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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