Day in history for July 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
There has been much dissatisfaction with the O'Reilly Telegraph Line. During much of the time since the line was built three years ago, the wires have been down some place. The Rock Island directors of the line now have decided to continue it to Peoria. That will eliminate the need to send telegrams by way of Quincy or Jacksonville.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island lawyers beat the doctors in a match game of baseball, 43 to 24. The 6-inning game lasted three hours. Pitchers were M.M. Sturgeon and Dr. G.G. Craig.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Milan council demands that Rock Island stop charging tolls at the Rock River bridges which Rock Island built and maintains. Milan officials also have ordered the street car company to stop using horse cars on its Milan line.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. A.T. Lundholm, Gowrie, Iowa, was selected to fill the new chair of practical theology at Augustana Seminary.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Officials of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial bridge indicated that plans for expansion would be given to engineers shortly in the hopes that an early start could be made on the proposed new link between Moline and Bettendorf.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline, East Moline, Geneseo and the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station are among 80 Illinois communities and industries that have failed to meet National Water Pollution standards set five years ago.

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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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