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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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