Day in history for March 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Maine liquor law, which forbids the sale of intoxicating drinks, is attracting much attention in the country. In New York State, 175,000 people have signed petitions to the legislature for a Maine law.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A post office has been opened at Sears. The town is receiving mail daily via the Aledo hack. (Note: Sears is now part of Rock Island.)

1902 -- 100 years ago
The census bulletin of Illinois shows Rock Island second downstate in number of factories. This city's 181 factories employ 2,368. Moline leads among Illinois cities outside Chicago in the amount of capital invested in factories.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Some members of the county board of supervisors expressed themselves as in favor of a state tax on gasoline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A professional safe-cracking break-in was under investigation by Scott County sheriff's deputies and Bettendorf police. Burglars escaped with between $700 and $800 in checks, tools and cash estimated to total $125. The bulk of the valuables were taken from the safe and offices of the Bottle Gas Corporation, 1100 State St.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Don Breivogel of Moline is building a hang glider equipped with a motor and propeller, which he says will take it to new heights. The 12-horsepower motor and 30-inch propeller will take the machine to 3,000 feet where he will turn the engine off and glide on currents of hot air called thermals.

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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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