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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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