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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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