Day in history for January 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The population of counties in this congressional district: Rock Island, 6,937; Whiteside, 5,361; Mercer, 5,246; Henry, 3,807; Stark, 3,710.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Urchins with coasters who hitch on to horsedrawn sleds can be a nuisance, but some good natured farmers invited the boys to ``pile on.''

1902 -- 100 years ago
Independent telephone companies have been organized to serve Rapids City, Port Byron, Reynolds and Hillsdale.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America are planning a new national headquarters building in Rock Island.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. William Butterworth has presented Moline Girl Scouts with a gift of 150 shares of Deere And Co. stock, income from which will amount to between $650 and $750 a year. Mrs. Butterworth stipulates that this amount is to be used in any useful manner. The gift was announced at the annual Girl Scout dinner held at the First Methodist Church, Moline.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The state says it has no idea when work can begin to replace the ``deathtrap'' Rock River bridge over Ill. 84 leading into Green Rock. The bridge, carrying more than 10,000 vehicles a day on a narrow span between two curving approaches, provides the only access and exit to Interstate 80 east of Silvis and Carbon Cliff. With the I-80 and Ill. 2-92 interchange closed northeast of Barstow, traffic is shunted to the Cleveland interchange near here.

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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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