Day in history for March 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Farmers of Rock Island County are urged to take shares in the plank road that Rock Island men will build from this city past the Rock River. This will give them a good road every day of the year, instead of having the avenues to the city closed to them for six months out of a year.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Butler vetoed an ordinance by the Rock Island council that would permit horned cattle to run at large from March 31 to April 1. The mayor said he could not tell whether this meant cows always must be kept fenced or whether they never had to be tied up or fenced. Very little pasture remains in the city and cows at large feed on shade trees, shrubbery and lawns. He disapproved.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It is reported that the Harriman interests of Wall Street have bought control of the Rock Island Railroad.

1927 -- 75 years ago
At the request of property owners, 4th Avenue in Rock Island will be paved 52 feet wide, instead of 44 feet as planned.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A preliminary plan to build a seawall from Perry to Main streets will be examined today by the Davenport city plan commission.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Some 300 dogs, primarily purebred large animals, are being stolen in the Illinois Quad-Cities annually, officials said today. ``There are a lot of them being stolen, like Irish setters and Dobermans, the top breed dogs,'' said Moline animal control officer Phil Volkers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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