Day in history for March 13, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Henry County Democrats, in convention at Cambridge, endorsed Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois for president and David L. Gregg for governor.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Friends of Joseph Conet, proprietor of the Bellows House in Rock Island, will give him a complimentary ball March 22.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Colonel Brackett Circle, Ladies of the G.A.R., was instituted in Memorial Hall in the courthouse. The ladies will help the men plan the forthcoming Rock Island encampment of Illinois Civil War Veterans.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Policemen Otto Johnson and Tom Raisbeck were injured when a motorcycle upset as they were on their way to the hospital to see Officer William J. McCarthy, a wounded comrade.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Police are seeking an ambitious thief who carried off an eagle. The thief had a tussle on his hands because the eagle, the cast iron variety, weighs 200 pounds. Hyman Weindruch, Eagle Supermarket manager, said the heavy bird was taken from in front of the store at 2633 11th St., Rock Island.

1977 -- 25 years ago
East Moline water may not look or taste good, but it is safe to drink, water department officials say. Lanny Green, water department superintendent, said a mechanical breakdown in the water plant's settling basin two months ago is preventing removal of mud from the tank. Until the foot of ice atop the open settling tank thaws, the apparatus cannot be repaired.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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