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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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