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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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