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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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