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: 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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