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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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