Day in history for March 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamers Wyoming and Glaucus have our thanks for bringing us the late newspapers from downriver.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Harper House parlors are like an art gallery. Ben Harper recently has added several gems to his collection of fine art.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The whole town of Carbon Cliff has been exposed to smallpox. There are nine cases of the disease there. The citizens have just discovered that it is not chicken pox which has been going the rounds.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A Rock Island cast is sought for a moving picture to be made at Fort Armstrong Theater.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Galva polio fund is $90 richer as a result of a benefit basketball game, but one of the players has a broken leg to show for his efforts. The injured man is Fred Lord of Lord's Chevrolet garage. He incurred a fracture of the leg below the knee during the game, and was taken to Davenport for care and treatment.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline City Clerk Margaret Kaeser plans to quit selling hunting and fishing licenses in view of a recent Illinois attorney general's opinion which says municipal clerks must pay all fees he or she is authorized to receive for the sale of licenses into the municipal treasury. For the past 20 years, the city clerk has acted as an agent for the Department of Conservation and collected 10 cents for each license sold in the city.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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