Day in history for April 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A city election has been called for May 22 on a proposal to increase Rock Island's purchase of shares in the Rock Island And Chicago railroad by $20,000 and to raise the rate of interest on bonds from 6 to 10 percent.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Geneseo House, operated by William Miller and sons, Ira and Burd, was destroyed by fire at midnight. The fire started in the kitchen.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Chicago newspapermen were guests of the Tri-City Press Club. The three meals of the day were served to the club and guests at the Harper House, the Rock Island Club, and Black Hawk Inn at Watch Tower Park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island chamber of commerce began collecting funds for relief of flood victims in the lower Mississippi Valley.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It could have happened to anyone. Unfortunately, however, the student bus driver who struck a parked truck on Grant Street, Bettendorf, turned out to be one of three women hired yesterday by Davenport City Lines, Inc.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Josephson's Jewelers of Moline, founded in 1881 by a Swedish immigrant, is mentioned in this month's national Jewelers Magazine as ``a giant in the retail jewelry business.'' The store recently completed a restoration program, using the original counters to form a horseshoe pattern in the selling area, much the way the store looked at the turn of the century.

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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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