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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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