Day in history for March 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council, on motion, proceeded to the election of a supervisor of sidewalks. The vote being taken, Jacob Starr was declared duly elected to fill said office.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Troubadours were the attraction at Dart's Hall in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The valley was filled with fog today, forcing teams and bicycles to move with great caution. A runaway team of horses hit the front end of a street car in charge of Motorman Fry.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The rebuilt Evangelical Church of Peace in Rock Island was dedicated. Seating capacity has been doubled at the church by the $40,000 remodeling project.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Workers were busy attempting to transfer gasoline from an overturned trailer into another trailer on Route 82 at the south edge of Geneseo. Jack L. Smith, Bettendorf, driver of the vehicle, reported he was forced to drive onto the soft shoulder of the highway to avoid colliding with a truck in front of him and an oncoming auto. The trailer, carrying 5,675 gallons of gasoline, broke loose from the tractor and upset.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Carol Kimmel, a Rock Island mother nearing the end of her second year as head of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, has been named Illinois Mother of the Year by the Illinois Mothers Committee. She was sponsored in the Illinois contest by the Rock Island-Milan Council of Parents and Teachers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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