Day in history for February 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Jacob Starr, Rock Island supervisor of sidewalks, will force people to grade, repair and pave their walks. Property owners on Main Street have been given until June 1 to put in sidewalks 10 feet wide. They may pave with brick, stone or wooden planks.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The popular Annie Conant is sick with both typhoid fever and diptheria. Rock Island went to bed last night saddened by the news she had died, but that was only a rumor. She is some better today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island has two unimproved parks. Improvements should begin on Arbor Day in Long View and Reservoir. Woodcutters have been told to go elsewhere for fuel.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Great Smoky Mountains have been chosen as the destination of the Black Hawk Hiking Club during their 1927 big hike.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Farmall Works of the International Harvester Company was closed for the third time this month. The reason given by the company was a 3-day suspension of 45 block testing employees for failing to return to work after the noon lunch period. With the block testers out, the entire assembly line had to cease operations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Application for federal funds to pay for downtown parking lot improvements in Moline and extension of a water main south of the Rock River are being made by the city. Aldermen agreed to make application for the funds to the federal Economic Development Administration.

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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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