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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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