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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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