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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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