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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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