Day in history for March 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Osage Orange is becoming popular for farm fencing, but some farmers think it is humbug. A farmer writes The Argus that he has more than a mile of Osage hedge fencing and finds it superior to White Thorn or Honey Locust hedges as fencing.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jay Gould, who has obtained possession of the Rock Island and of the North Western Railroads, is now having a little war with the C.B.AndQ. Wall Street men, Dillon and Reid, have replaced P.L. Cable of Rock Island and George L. Davenport of Davenport as directors of the Rock Island Road.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Former Governor John P. Altgeld died in Joliet. Altgeld was Illinois governor 1893 to 1897.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Alderman Charles F. Carpentier and John H. Siefken are the nominees for mayor of East Moline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education approved a recommendation presented by Superintendent Earl H. Hanson to reorganize the driver-training course at Rock Island High School and to engage a full time instructor for the course.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Seventeen full-time teachers and 19 other instructors have been notified that they may not have jobs next year, Moline school officials said today. Officials said declining enrollment at the junior high level is forcing possible termination of the full-time teachers, as well as 12 teachers with one-year contracts and seven part-time teachers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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