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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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