Day in history for March 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Excelsior, an old favorite with the public, has made its first appearance of the season at the Rock Island levee. The Excelsior, under the command of Captain Ward, is looking brighter than ever, having been refitted and repainted.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Score one more credit mark for Ben Harper. He has built 45 or 50 buildings in Rock Island since he came here in 1850. Now his home on 18th Street has been enlarged and remodeled in exquisite taste by Architect I.N. Holmes. (Note: Ben Harper's big house stood where the telephone building now is.)

1902 -- 100 years ago
Sheriff Cralle continues to beautify the courthouse yard with flowers and new trees.

1927 -- 75 years ago
F.C. Denkmann gave $5,000 to the Rock Island park board for construction of a wading pool in Denkmann Square.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Albert Blankenfeld was the envy of all the kids in his Geneseo neighborhood 60 years ago. And today he might well be envied by all the oldsters. How many others, at 74, can still do the splits? Near the turn of the century he traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus and was a top-billed contortionist.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The old 16th Street bridge to Rock Island Arsenal will not be repaired and reopened to traffic, leaving employees with only two means of access until a new Moline span is completed in late 1980, Army officials said today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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