Day in history for April 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport city council has called a public election for May 20 to decide whether Davenport shall increase its purchase of shares in the Rock Island and Chicago railroad to $30,000.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John H. Swartout of Chicago is visiting Rock Island and has met several people whom he knew 35 years ago. He and his brother, Nelson Swartout, opened a wagon shop in this town in 1839 on the ground where Dart's old warehouse store now stands.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Republicans of the 33rd district assembled in convention and nominated L.S. McCabe for state senator and L.M. Magill and C.A. Samuelson for state representatives. H.A. Ainsworth of Moline was chairman.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A band concert each evening next week in the Fort Armstrong Hotel will mark Rock Island's observance of national music week.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because Davenport central station firemen had always bought ice cream at her store to celebrate a birthday, Lillian Hagge, who operates the Rainbow Ice Cream Store, 1323 W. 4th St., reciprocated on her birthday anniversary. Each shift of firemen was delegated to pick up free ice cream at the store.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City planners say the need has never been greater, but that it will probably be at least 10 years before officials take any positive action toward construction of another Mississippi River bridge linking Rock Island and Davenport.

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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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