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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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