Day in history for January 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A meeting has been called, to be held at Sterling, to plan the Rockford-Rock Island railroad. This doesn't mean, as Dixon men seem to hope, that Rock Island is giving up helping to build the Chicago-Rock Island railroad.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A thousand quilts have been taken from the looms of the Moline Quilt Factory and are ready for bleaching.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Start of small arms manufacture at Rock Island Arsenal will be delayed a year. The war department wishes to make further tests on a new type of rifle.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Albert Rackin won The Argus silver skates derby over a 2-mile course for city championship at the community ice carnival.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Geneseo is expected to have a dial telephone system in operation by April 5, according to Donald F. Anderson, manager of the Geneseo Cooperative Telephone Company. Anderson stated that the equipment installation is expected to be completed early in March and will undergo extensive testing before being ``cut-over'' in April.

1977 -- 25 years ago
One of the worst blizzards in years howled across the Quad-Cities, closing schools, blocking highways and sending factory absenteeism soaring. Wind-chill factors hovered between 70 and 80 degrees below zero. Some commercial air flights were canceled, several area highways were still closed late this morning, and phone and mail services were slowed in several areas.

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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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