Day in history for March 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said: Farmers could increase their tillable land fully 20 percent by straightening fences, eradicating bushes, trimming hedges, and draining wet land.

1877 -- 125 years ago
William Beadhog was killed by the fall of chunks of coal in a mine of the Coal Valley Mining Co. His working partner said Mr. Beadhog exclaimed, ``Oh, dear!'' as he was hit.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A hundred Masons, with 25 ladies, left Rock Island today by special train for Aledo, where they will help to dedicate a new Masonic Temple.

1927 -- 75 years ago
William R. Carse's unofficial plurality of 44 votes for the Republican nomination for Rock Island mayor is unchanged by the official count.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because of a drop in attendance, the Hiland Theater in Moline will go on a schedule of limited operations beginning next week, it was announced today by W.I. Brotman, manager of the theater. Brotman blamed the decrease in attendance on television.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The long-standing proposal to build a Quad-Cities-to-St. Louis freeway apparently is dead. ``I'd say its dead, at least for 10 years,'' State Rep. Clarence Darrow, D-Rock Island, a member of the Transportation Study Commission, said today. The commission staff and technical advisory committee reported it would take at least $585.2 million a year in new money to pay for a minimum road program over the next 20 years.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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