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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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