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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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