Day in history for January 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The ice has broken and piled up in Rock River. The gorge and high water threatens to sweep away the main Rock River bridge.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The editor of The Argus does not object to dying, but he does dislike postponements. Yesterday he got ready to die; then the man who said he was going to come to kill him didn't come.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. and Mrs. W.S. Marquis of Broadway Presbyterian Church will sail Feb. 28 on a four-month trip to the Holy Land.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, famous baseball players, were cleared of charges that they conspired with gamblers to ``fix'' a game.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The entire production force at the Farmall works of International Harvester Company, totaling approximately five thousand, was laid off this morning when about 45 block testing department workers failed to report. The dispute action started late yesterday when the men in the testing section walked off, reportedly in a disagreement over payments for retesting of engines.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County leaders say civil defense shelters could house 215,000 persons if a natural gas shortage develops in the Quad-Cities. Illinois has not suffered the shortage, but officials have said a 10-day period of temperatures averaging 10 degrees or more below zero 24 hours a day could leave the Quad-Cities short of natural gas supplies.

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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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