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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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