Day in history for January 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Railroad or no railroad, Blythe and Stoddard will continue to manufacture in Rock Island family carriages, buggies, peddlers and farm wagons as cheap and as handsome as any to be found in the state.

1877 -- 125 years ago
An association has been formed to introduce roller skating to Rock Island by building a rink. This form of recreation is taking the country by storm.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Simon Burns, who has become famous as a labor leader in the east, has given a pipe organ to the new Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The organ is a memorial to his mother, Mrs. Mary Simpson.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Rod and Reel Club will receive a carload of fish with which to restock the Hennepin Canal.

1952 -- 50 years ago
More than 9,000 lbs. of fish are being hauled to shore today by the Bay View Fish Company at New Boston. The catch is one of the largest ever made by the Bay View firm. Almost all of the fish are boxed in ice and shipped to market.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An explosion heard as far away as Barstow leveled a home in downtown Silvis, but witnesses said there apparently were no injuries. ``I heard an explosion and saw a huge ball of fire,'' said Jim Lanbdin, owner of Jim's Hawkeye Gas And Grocery at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. Lanbdin said the fireball enveloped a home at 117 14th St., next to his business, and when the fireball vanished ``all I could see of the house was rubble.''

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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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