Day in history for March 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Moline citizens are pushing ahead, despite the breaking of their dam last summer. The new dam, two feet higher than the old one, will be ready next week. Several houses are going up. A new paper mill will be in operation in two months. John Deere's plow factory now employs 20 men.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Kerr was elected mayor of Milan.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island township Republicans convened and nominated for membership on the Rock Island County board of supervisors: Donald Don, L.C. Pfoh, Ezra Wilcher and George Schneider.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Contracts of Principal Eugene Youngert of the high school and of 22 other principals and supervisors in the Rock Island public school system were renewed.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Marilyn Elaine Miller, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Bodenhofer, 1013 16th Ave., Rock Island, was named winner of the Young America Medal for Service from the American Red Cross. Miss Miller, a junior at Rock Island High School, was chosen for the honor by Governor Adlai Stevenson.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-City Rocket is seemingly back on the tracks again. State officials and representatives of Amtrak and the Chicago-based Rock Island Lines have worked out a reciprocal plan to maintain passenger service to Peoria and the Quad-Cities while the doom of the Rocket was nearing reality.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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