Day in history for January 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A span of horses attached to a wagon loaded with coal broke through the ice while crossing at this place. Horses, wagon and coal disappeared and were seen no more.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mat Egan, a railroad brakeman of Rock Island, died today. After he fell from a locomotive, one of his legs was amputated, but later he refused to allow amputation of his other leg.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Moline Library directors received the $10,530 fund for purchase of the Velie site and will pick a plan for the city's new library.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A reception is being planned for Prince William of Sweden, who will visit Rock Island March 17.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An Oklahoma woman is trying to find out what happened to $25 in pennies she deposited in a Rock Island bank 39 years ago. She deposited the $25 to draw interest, but she doesn't remember the name of the bank. Sheriff Muhleman called both Rock Island banks, and officials of the two establishments promised to search their records.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sneak thieves using a fishhook and line apparently tried to snag money from a night depository box at Uptown National Bank, 1601 15th St., Moline. Police reported bank officials found a fishhook and line in the depository box, but it was unknown if the thieves hooked anything before dropping the fish line. No money has been reported missing as of this morning.

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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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