Day in history for January 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County courthouse cost $15,000 and for the finest courtroom in the state $800 more was spent. That is why there is a rule against using the courtroom for meetings, but the supervisors have allowed Robinson's troupe to encumber the room with orchestra boxes, scenery and other paraphernalia of the theater. We can now go to court to ``see the elephant.''

1877 -- 125 years ago
Because rowdies and roughs have taken over some volunteer fire companies and have turned the fire houses into scandalous club houses, Chief Bollman proposes reorganization placing appointment of volunteer firemen under the city council, where it belongs.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A French syndicate offered to sell its holdings in Panama for $40,000,000 if the United States wishes to take over the Panama canal project.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The state president of the Elks has approved the new home purchase of the Rock Island lodge.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It is small wonder downtown Moline has the appearance of a deserted city after dark. City Engineer Allan Hallberg said that he made a check of the whiteway lighting system downtown and found only 63 out of 212 lights burning.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Water drenched the front of Hub Furniture, located in the old New York Store, 1523 5th Ave., Moline, after a sprinkler system water line broke, causing minor damage on the first floor.

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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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