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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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